By: Patti Weaver

(Stillwater, Okla.) — A former inmate in the Cimarron Correctional Facility in Cushing pleaded guilty Tuesday to attacking an inmate in the private prison by striking him in the face, side, hands and back with a knife on April 9, 2019.

Karsten M. Manley, 23, avoided a jury trial on June 21 in Payne County by accepting a plea bargain Tuesday for six years of incarceration consecutive to a seven-year prison term he is serving for drug possession with intent to distribute in Murray County in 2018.

The sentence imposed Tuesday in Manley’s Payne County case also runs consecutively to two concurrent five-year prison terms he was given in 2018 for two counts of assault and battery on a police officer in Garvin County, and also consecutively to a five-year prison term he was given in 2018 for concealing stolen property in 2017 in Murray County.

Manley had also been convicted of domestic assault and battery in Love County, for which he was placed on 10 years’ probation in 2015, state Department of Corrections records show.

Manley has been transferred from the Cushing private prison to North Fork Correctional Center in Sayre, DOC records show.