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Inmate flown to hospital following assault

March 24, 2010
BERLIN — An inmate at the state prison had to be airlifted to the hospital after he was assaulted last week.

State police said inmate Geovanny Delamota, 44, from Manchester, was severely injured on Thursday morning when he was assaulted by another inmate. He was flown to Dartmouth-Hitchcock for treatment, and he is expected to live.

The other inmate was treated at the prison.

Department of Corrections spokesperson Jeff Lyons said the prison medical department can treat most injuries, but it is not equipped to handle surgery or other complex procedures. He would not comment on the extent of Mr. Delamota's injuries because State Police are still investigating the incident.

Mr. Delamota is a minimum security inmate, serving a one to two year sentence for three counts of forgery and a three to six year sentence for robbery.

He was housed in the Northern New Hampshire Correctional Facility gymnasium, which was turned into a dorm after the state closed its Laconia facility last year.

Mr. Lyons said he did not have statistics on whether using the gymnasium to house inmates had resulted in an increase in assaults, but he stressed the prisons in general can be unsafe for inmates.

"Assaults happen in all our prison facilities," he said. "It can happen to anyone at any time."

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