Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

April 23, 2013

Inmate stabbed to death

Morgan prisoner was up for parole

Kenneth Hart
The Independent

WEST LIBERTY — An inmate of the Eastern Kentucky Correctional Complex who was stabbed by another inmate on Sunday has died of his injuries.

The prisoner suspected in the stabbing is scheduled for a parole hearing in a little more than a month, according to records.

Michael S. Lynch, 31, was pronounced dead by the medical staff at University of Kentucky Hospital, where he was flown following the incident at the medium-security prison in Morgan County, Kentucky State Police at Morehead said.

The KSPā€ˆsaid Lynch was stabbed in the neck by Eric S. Chapman, 31. No other details of the incident were provided.

Lynch, who was from Murray, was serving a 25-year sentence for murder. He was one of four charged in the October 2009 beating death of a Calloway County man. Lynch entered an Alford plea, meaning he did not admit guilt, but conceded there was enough evidence to convicted.

Chapman is serving a 10-year sentence for second-degree assault, second-degree robbery, first-degree wanton endangerment and receiving stolen property, charges of which he was convicted in Whitley County in 2011.

Under state sentencing guidelines, Chapman became parole-eligible after serving 20 percent of his sentence. He met with the parole board for the first time in June 2011 and the board deferred him for two years. His next hearing is scheduled for June 1, according to the Kentucky Offender Online Lookup system.

The KSP didn’t say whether Chapman had been formally charged in Lynch’s death.