Correctional Officer Michael Francis Hughes

Correctional Officer Michael Francis Hughes

District of Columbia Department of Corrections, District of Columbia

End of Watch Thursday, February 13, 1958

Michael Francis Hughes

Correctional Officer Michael Hughes was stabbed to death in Dormitory 13 of the Lorton Reformatory in Fairfax County, Virginia.

He was attacked by two inmates after refusing to allow one of them to enter the dormitory's day room. The inmate produced a 9-inch shank and stabbed Officer Hughes in the face and neck. After he fell, the other inmate struck him on the head with a chair.

Both inmates were later charged with murder in connection with his death. They were both convicted and sentenced to life in prison.

Officer Hughes was a WWII veteran and had served with the District of Columbia Department of Corrections for five years. He was survived by his wife.


  • Age 40
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Stabbed
  • Location Virginia
  • Weapon Edged weapon; Shank
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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The ultimate sacrifice anyone can give in the performance of their duty is what you went through Officer Hughes. I salute you. You showed courage in the sight of danger, yet, still performed your duty. I light a prayer candle in your memory. Continue to rest in eternal peace.

Major David A. Rapelyea
DC Department of Corrections, Retired.

January 7, 2015

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