Chew murder participant charged in alleged jailhouse assault

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Montville — One of the six men involved in the 2010 stabbing death of 25-year-old Matthew Chew in New London was allegedly involved in an attack on another inmate at the Corrigan-Radgowski Correctional Center this week.

Brian Rabell, 22, was arrested and charged Wednesday with disorderly conduct and third-degree assault stemming from an incident at the prison, according to a state police arrest report.

Wednesday afternoon, state police were called to the prison “for the report of (an) inmate on inmate assault with minor injuries,” according to the report. “It was determined that (Rabell) had struck the victim while in a common dorm area.”

The victim of the assault, a 32-year-old inmate from Greenwich, was taken to The William W. Backus Hospital for evaluation, state police said.

After his arrest was processed by state police, Rabell was released into the custody of Corrigan-Radgowski and is scheduled to appear in Norwich Superior Court at a later date.

In March 2013, Rabell, then 21, was sentenced to 16 years in prison, suspended after eight years, followed by five years of probation for his role in the Oct. 29, 2010, “beat down” and stabbing of Chew.

Rabell, who had no prior criminal record, had pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter as part of a plea agreement.

Chew’s murder on Oct. 29, 2010, was a senseless act of violence by a group intent on hunting down and hurting a random victim on the streets of New London, according to prosecutors who tried the case.

“The six decided they were going to go out and jump somebody,” prosecutor Stephen Carney said in 2013.

The victim turned out to be Chew, who was walking home from work at 2Wives Pizza when he was surrounded by the group on Huntington Street.

Carney said Chew was stabbed repeatedly by Idris Elahi, then 19, who is now serving a 35-year prison sentence for murder.

c.young@theday.com
Twitter: @ColinAYoung

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