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Murder convict accused of assault

A man sentenced last week to 10 years in prison for the strangulation murder of a Spokane woman is accused of assaulting another jail inmate Monday night.

Matthew T. Shope, 19, grabbed Joshua J. Mulvey, 26, around the neck and punched him several times in the Spokane County Jail just before 7 p.m., according to court documents filed Tuesday.

Mulvey, who’s being held on theft charges, suffered a fractured facial bone and briefly lost consciousness, jail deputies said. He was treated at a Spokane hospital, according to court documents.

Shope appeared in Superior Court on Tuesday on one count of second-degree assault. He was sentenced April 20 to 134 months in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree murder for the Oct. 6, 2008, strangulation death of 28-year-old Jennifer L. Siria.

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