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Prison inmate stable after stabbing

UTAH STATE PRISON — An inmate at the Utah State Prison was in stable condition in a Salt Lake City hospital after being stabbed multiple times Wednesday.

The man, whose name was not immediately released, is an inmate in the medium-security Uinta complex and was stabbed about 11:30 a.m. near his cell, said Department of Corrections spokesman Steve Gehrke.

The inmate was taken to the prison infirmary, where doctors were able to stop the bleeding before transporting him to a Salt Lake hospital, Gehrke said.

The prisoner was stabbed by his cellmate, who used a sharpened piece of metal in the attack, according to the Unified Police Department. Both the victim and the attacker were uncooperative with investigators Wednesday, and no motive for the attack was known.

— Pat Reavy