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Subject:   Inmate sews eyes, lips shut for new year
Date: Sunday, January 02, 2000 9:27:54 PM EST

  Inmate sews eyes, lips shut for new year

 CONCORD, N.H., Jan. 2 (UPI) -- A New Hampshire State Prison inmate so
feared the arrival of 2000 that he sewed his eyes and lips shut with dental
floss on New Year's Eve, according to officials.
 Mark Wefers, chief of internal investigations at the men's prison in
Concord, said corrections officers found him covered in baby powder and
clutching a Bible when they responded to noises at 11:43 p.m. Friday in a
medium-security. Investigators believe he used needles found in his cell to
thread the dental floss, according to the New Hampshire Sunday News.
 "The inmate told corrections officers he was in fear of the new year,"
said Wefers.
 The man was receiving psychological and medical evaluation at the
prison's health services unit, according to Wefers. He lost blood, but was
not injured seriously enough to warrant being taken to a hospital.
 The inmate's name was not released, but Wefers said he had served about
one year for cocaine possession and believed he had two more years left.

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