MICHIGAN CITY — An inmate serving a 170-year sentence is accused of stabbing two correctional officers at Indiana State Prison.
James K. Utley, 47, is accused of attacking two correctional officers with an edged weapon at the facility located in Michigan City, according to a news release from the prison.
An emergency signal was called at 6:57 a.m. Thursday in the facility’s laundry department, according to the release. The officers were taken to a nearby hospital to be treated for the injuries.
One of the officers was released Wednesday from the hospital and the other officer was expected to also be discharged.
Utley was also taken to a nearby hospital, though it was not clear what type of injuries he received during the incident.
Pamela James, the public information officer for the prison, said the investigation into the stabbings will be turned over to the LaPorte County prosecutor’s office for possible criminal charges. Utley is also expected to face disciplinary charges within the prison.
Utley was sentenced in 1989 to 170 years in prison after he was convicted of shooting to death Karen Smith, 26, and her 3-year-old daughter, Jacqueline, in New Washington, Indiana, according to court records.
He had faced the death penalty, but a jury at the time was unable to reach a recommendation during the penalty phase of the trial.
His release date is scheduled for 2072.