MORGAN COUNTY, Ala. — A Morgan County Corrections Officer is recovering after being attacked by a federal inmate contained in the jail this week.
Officer Kathy Evans was punched twice by a federal inmate Monday afternoon, inflicting a concussion, contusions round her eye and mouth, and bruising on her again, head and arms.
“Dinnertime, which in jail is about 4:30 on Monday, meals have been being distributed within the federal housing pod,” stated Mike Swafford with the Morgan County Sheriff’s Workplace. “One among our feminine corrections officers was standing there overseeing the method when a federal inmate requested about desirous to go get a smoke break.”
Officer Evans informed the inmate he might take one after mealtime.
“He apparently didn’t like that reply,” stated Swafford. “Walked up on her. She gave instructions for him to step again after which he shortly sucker-punched her twice to the top.”
Lemond Lawerence Burns, 22, of Alpine, was charged with second-degree assault for the assault, however this isn’t his first violent cost. He has each state and federal costs as effectively.
Swafford stated Burns’ federal cost is expounded to fraud and he’s additionally charged with murdering a 22-year-old Alabama A&M pupil in January. Although he’s going through federal costs, he’s being housed within the Morgan County Jail in the meanwhile.
“The federal companies don’t have jails in all places in order that they contract with county jails which have the area and might meet the requirements to accommodate their inmates right here,” stated Swafford. He provides that these are usually individuals going through trial. As soon as they’re sentenced, they’re moved to a federal jail.
Burns won’t face the assault cost for punching Officer Evans till in any case different sentences are served.
Within the meantime, Officer Evans is recovering. She spent a number of hours within the hospital Monday afternoon earlier than being launched that night time. Swafford stated Tuesday, she spent a lot of the day in physician and dentist appointments.
Swafford stated Officer Evans has obtained playing cards, notes and telephone calls of appreciation.
“Our Correction Officers are unsung members of our staff. They serve in a $13 an hour place, spending extra time in jail then lots of our inmates. This was a chilly, unwarranted assault with no regret. We harm with Officer Evans who’s a mannequin officer, is energetic in her group and has a coronary heart for serving. This occasion is a reminder of their true worth to our group. ”
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