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Former Attica inmate pleads guilty to trying to kill victim with broom handle

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The Wyoming County District Attorney's Office said on April 22, Coffer attacked another person in prison by coming up behind him and stabbing him in the neck with a sharpened pieces of a wodden broom handle. (Photo: NYSDOCCS)

Attica, N.Y. (WHAM) - A former inmate at Attica Correctional Facility pleaded guilty Wednesday to attempted murder charges for an attack in prison.

Dominick Coffer, 22, pleaded guilty to second-degree attempted murder. A Wyoming County grand jury indicted him on the attempted murder charge, as well as first-degree assault, third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, and first-degree promoting prison contraband.

The Wyoming County District Attorney's Office said on April 22, Coffer attacked another person in prison by coming up behind him and stabbing him in the neck with a sharpened pieces of a wodden broom handle.

Coffer stabbed the victim after he fell to the ground, despite corrections officers telling him to stop. Coffer eventually stopped and was handcuffed by staff.

The D.A.'s Office said Coffer had originally been sentenced to nine years in prison back in October 2014 for a second-degree criminal possession of a weapon conviction in Dutchess County.

Coffer is scheduled to be sentenced to ten years in state prison and five years of post-release supervision, which will run consecutively to his current sentence. As part of the appeal, Coffer also waived his right to an appeal.

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