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Man accused of ripping beard off fellow Otsego County inmate

By WKTV News

(WKTV) - An Otsego County Correctional Facility inmate is facing charges after officials say he ripped part of the beard off another inmate, the Otsego County Sheriff's Office said.

Gary L. Schermerhorn, 37, of Edmeston, is charged with felony attempted assault in the second degree.

According to officials, on Jan. 8, Schermerhorn ripped part of the beard off of and punched another inmate. He also allegedly caused a minor abrasion to other inmate's upper cheek. The inmate was treated by the jail's medical staff.

Schermerhorn, who is a sentenced inmate, could face up to additional four years in prison if he is convicted.

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