October 24, 2014
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A correctional officer is hospitalized in fair condition after he was slashed in the head and neck with an inmate-made weapon at a Northern California state prison.
Lt. Bryan Donahoo at the California State Prison in Sacramento says a maximum-security inmate repeatedly slashed the 40-year-old officer about 8 a.m. Monday using a piece of broken glass from a television.
Donahoo says the 15-year veteran officer needs surgery to repair a tendon in his arm and cosmetic surgery for his ear. He was also cut several times on the neck.
Inmate Alberto Cortez is being held in the attack. The 22-year-old is serving a life sentence for attempted first-degree murder.
Donahoo says it is unclear what triggered the assault at the prison, which is 25 miles east of the state capital.
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