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

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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, 25 and 28, 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, five children, sister, and two brothers.


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

Incident Details

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

correctional Facility, prisoner custody

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Officer Hughes,
Sir, I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just as a Law Enforcement Officer but for our Country as well when you served with the U.S. Army during World War II. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol(Retired)

March 13, 2024

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