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Two inmates plead to lesser offenses in Attica rec yard stabbing death

Two of the three Attica inmates who faced murder charges in the stabbing death of another inmate in May 2015 have taken pleas to lesser offenses. The third man charged with killing Rodney Calloway returns to Wyoming County Court for hearings in October.

Devin Gray, 22, pleaded guilty before Judge Michael M. Mohun earlier this month to first-degree manslaughter, and Shawn Avery, 35, pleaded guilty to attempted manslaughter in the first degree. They and inmate Bruce Battle, 34, were accused of plotting to kill Calloway, 26, and carrying out the fatal attack in a recreation yard at Attica Correctional Facility on May 8, 2015.

According to Wyoming County District Attorney Donald G. O’Geen, Calloway was serving a 20-year sentence for assault and robbery out of Brooklyn and was previously acquainted with Battle. He died from a stab wound to the heart. Avery, who is from Queens, already has served 13 years of his 15-year sentence on a previous manslaughter conviction and would have been eligible for parole in 2018. Grey, from Ulster County, began serving a 15-year sentence for weapons possession in March 2015. Battle, who is serving time for burglary, is also from Brooklyn and would have been eligible for parole in 2018.

Gray and Avery are scheduled to be sentenced on their latest convictions Nov. 16. Officials say all three inmates have been transferred from Attica.

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