SCI Retreat inmate arraigned on charges of institutional vandalism for flood

By Patrick Kernan - [email protected]
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NEWPORT TWP. — An inmate at the Retreat state prison is looking at more charges after State Police said he caused a flood that damaged the building.

William Joseph Fedishin, 25, was arraigned on counts of criminal mischief and institutional vandalism on Thursday. Those charges stem from an incident at the prison in January.

Flooding in Fedishin’s cell leaked into two offices below, causing damage to ceilings, paperwork, carpeting and a printer, troopers report. Total damage was estimated at over $5,000.

Police say the flooding occurred sometime between 3 and 4 a.m. Jan. 13. During that time, the camera in Fedishin’s cell was covered by a piece of paper.

The paper was removed at 5 a.m., showing Fedishin walking around the cell, surrounded by water. He could reportedly be seen mopping the water out of the cell.

When he was questioned, he allegedly admitted to a trooper that he clogged the toilet with a roll of toilet paper and kept flushing it. He said he did it because of “stuff going on with staff,” but didn’t want to talk about it, a complaint states.

Records show Fedishin was sentenced to five-and-a-half to 11 years in state prison after pleading no contest to a count of robbery in Huntingdon County in 2016.

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By Patrick Kernan

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Reach Patrick Kernan at 570-991-6386 or on Twitter @PatKernan

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