State prison officials investigate allegations that officers planted a weapon in Ulster prisoner’s cell

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ALBANY – A former inmate at Ulster Correctional Facility in Napanoch has alleged that a weapon was planted in his cell by corrections officers resulting in his delayed release.

Marcus Brown, 33, who was serving a 10-year sentence for robbery, was set to be released on June 11, but he told his friend, Tanisha Dennis by phone, a weapon was placed in his cell three days later.

“They didn’t have to go far. They went to one specific spot. The person who told me that when everybody went to the lunchroom, that is when they placed the weapon there,” she charged.

A spokesman for the corrections officers’ union, New York State Corrections Officers Benevolent Association, deferred comment to the prison system.

A statement from the State Department of Corrections and Community Services said, “Due to an ongoing investigation, DOCCS cannot comment at this time.”

In the meantime, Brown was conditionally released to immigration authorities on June 24.