Inmate Headed to Trial for Allegedly Slashing Prison Guard

KINGSTON TOWNSHIP — A judge ruled there is enough evidence to send a prison inmate to trial on charges he slashed a corrections officer with a homemade weapon.

Joel Perez was in court in Luzerne County Thursday morning for a preliminary hearing.

Investigators say Perez slashed Francis Petrowski in the face last month at the state prison near Dallas using two razor blades embedded in a toothbrush. Petrowski is recovering.

Perez is currently serving time for a 1996 homicide conviction in Lancaster County.

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