Convicted RI Murderer Charged in Prison Stabbing

CRANSTON, R.I. (AP) – A Rhode Island man convicted of killing his girlfriend in 2002 in front of her teenage son faces a new charge of allegedly stabbing another inmate at the Adult Correctional Institutions in Cranston.

Victory Semidey is serving a life sentence plus 36 years for the 2002 murder of Westerly resident Tammy Chan, who was his girlfriend and sister-in-law.

He had been the subject of a nationwide manhunt before surrendering in New Britain, Conn., where he previously lived.

Now, police say, he is charged with assault with intent to commit murder after allegedly stabbing another prison inmate in the neck with two pens he had taped together.

Semidey pleaded not guilty Dec. 12 in Third Division District Court.

Authorities say the other inmate's injuries were not life-threatening. His name was not released.

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