Bensalem man gets up to 22 years in prison for stabbing fellow inmate

Jim Melwert
August 23, 2019 - 2:04 pm

Bucks County DA

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DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — A Bensalem man is facing more than two decades in prison after pleading guilty to stabbing an inmate in Bucks County County Correctional Facility. 

Martin McLoughlin, 28, pleaded guilty to aggravated assault, and assault by a prisoner on Thursday. He is sentenced to 8 ½ to 22 years in state prison.

The attack took place inside the correctional facility's inmate dining room in October. McLoughlin got up from his seat during breakfast, stood behind another inmate who was seated, and then stabbed him at least five times with a sharpened piece of wood wrapped in a cloth.

“He walked right up behind him without warning, without provocation and began to repeatedly stab him. If that had been a better weapon, this would have been a murder,” said prosecutor Ed Louka. 

The criminal complaint says McLoughlin told investigators he wanted to “reprimand” the man he stabbed, and that he chose breakfast for the attack because he believed he was about to be transferred to state prison later that day.

Louka says McLoughlin laughed during his guilty plea, prompting the judge to tell him that his actions show he can't be part of society.