Authorities release photo of 79-year-old inmate accused of stabbing corrections officer

John Carillo (Police photo)

The Department of Corrections on Monday released a photo of a 79-year-old inmate accused of assaulting and stabbing a corrections officer.

Authorities said John Carillo, who is currently serving a life sentence for the murder of another corrections officer in 1973, is facing multiple charges, including felony assault with a deadly weapon, assault on a correctional officer and disorderly conduct.

The Rhode Island Department of Corrections previously told NBC 10 News the officer was attacked at the maximum security prison in Cranston around 10:30 a.m. on Friday, prompting a lockdown of the facility.

The Rhode Island Brotherhood of Correctional Officers later identified the officer as 13-year-veteran Jason Messier, adding that he was stabbed above the heart with a hand-made metal knife as inmates were heading back to their cells after breakfast. He was treated at Rhode Island Hospital and released.

Carillo is serving a life sentence for stabbing to death Correctional Officer Donald Price 45 years ago. He is scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday.

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