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Court: Colin Ferguson encouraged fellow inmates to riot, kill prison guards

This Dec. 9, 1994 photo shows LIRR gunman

This Dec. 9, 1994 photo shows LIRR gunman Colin Ferguson, 35, of Jamaica, during a hearing to determine if he's competent to stand trial and represent himself in Nassau County Court in Mineola. Ferguson was eventually convicted of killing six passengers and injuring 19 others after opening fire on an LIRR train. (Credit: Dick Yarwood)

Infamous LIRR shooter Colin Ferguson encouraged “inmates to riot and kill prison guards” at an upstate prison, according to a court ruling Thursday that upheld Ferguson’s conviction for violating prison disciplinary rules.

The midlevel Appellate Division said videotape and testimony provided at an internal prison-system disciplinary hearing “provide substantial evidence” that Ferguson engaged in “conduct involving the threat of violence and conspiring to riot after a correction officer overheard (Ferguson) encouraging inmates to riot and kill prison guards with the use of weapons.”

The incident occurred on Sept. 11, 2011, at Attica Correctional Facility, according to state records. The internal hearing was held a few days later.

Ferguson had claimed the displinary hearing officer was biased against him.

Ferguson killed six and wounded 19 on a Hicksville-bound Long Island Rail Road train in 1993. He now is held at Upstate Correctional Facility in Malone, near the Canadian border, serving a 315-year sentence, according to state prison records.

Tags: Colin Ferguson , LIRR

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