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Inmate charged following fatal fight at psychiatric center

Posted 11/2/22

An inmate at the Central New York Psychiatric Center has been charged with criminally negligent homicide after killing another inmate during a dispute, according to the New York State Police.

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Inmate charged following fatal fight at psychiatric center

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MARCY — An inmate at the Central New York Psychiatric Center has been charged with criminally negligent homicide after killing another inmate during a dispute, according to the New York State Police.

Troopers said Terance J. Blackman, 34, of Rochester, was in a fight with 37-year-old Anthony Diaz at the Marcy facility in November 2021 when he punched Diaz in the head. Troopers said the two men were fighting over a salt shaker.

Diaz was taken to St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Utica and died as a result of that punch on Nov. 24, 2021, troopers stated.

Following an investigation into the incident, evidence against Blackman was presented to an Oneida County grand jury, and he was recently indicted on one count of criminally negligent homicide, authorities stated. Blackman was also indicted on one count each of second and third-degree assault for an attack on a staff member several days after the fight with Diaz, troopers said.

Blackman was arraigned in Oneida County Court this week and his case was adjourned.

An indictment is a formal charge made against a person by a grand jury. It does not establish guilt or remove the presumption of innocence.

According to the state Department of Corrections, Blackman is serving a two to four year sentence on a charge of third-degree robbery. He entered the prison system in October 2021. According to media reports, Blackman had robbed three different banks in the Rochester area in June 2021.

Blackman had previously served one year in prison on other robbery and assault charges between January 2019 and March 2020, according to state records.

Information on Diaz was not available on the Corrections inmate database.

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