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Another prison guard assaulted by a Wabash Valley Correctional offender

Friday, August 31, 2007

CARLISLE -- A Wabash Valley Correctional Facility correctional officer from Jasonville was the victim of an offender assault early Thursday evening.

Gary Terrell, 60, suffered multiple blows to the face by WVCF offender Russell Lewis, 28, of Marion County.

The incident took place in a south side housing unit at the maximum-security facility shortly before 6 p.m.

It's the second attack on a staff member in the last week.

Officer Terrell was transported by state vehicle to Sullivan County Community Hospital where he was treated and released, according to WVCF spokesman Rich Larsen.

The internal affairs preliminary investigation revealed that offender Lewis was upset over a cell shakedown in his housing unit.

The south side of the facility has been placed on lockdown as the investigation continues.

Offender Lewis has been placed in segregation. He is serving a 30-year sentence for numerous Marion County convictions including burglary, criminal confinement and battery.

His earliest possible release date is October of 2013.

Indiana State Police is assisting in the criminal investigation

Correctionl officer Eddie Gilbert, 34, , also of Greene County, was taken by ambulance to Sullivan County Community Hospital shortly after the 11:10 a.m. assault on Tuesday.

Gilbert was struck repeatedly about the head and upper body by 27-year-old offender Paul Brasher. It is not believed a weapon was used in the attack.     

The incident took place in a cell house on the south side of the maximum-security facility. The cell house was locked down during the course of the investigation.

Investigators are trying to determine why Brasher assaulted Officer Gilbert. Investigators say Gilbert was taking a property confiscation slip to Brasher as his cellmate was entering the cell. Brasher rushed out of the cell, launching his attack on Gilbert.

Brasher, who serving a 55-year sentence for murder and robbery convictions from Marion County, has been placed in segregation pending the outcome of the criminal investigation. His earliest possible release date is May 2025.

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That word just irks me. These people are officers. "Guard" is inaccurate and outdated. I'm sure no harm was intended, but it's a pet peeve.

-- Posted by Coda on Tue, Sep 4, 2007, at 1:37 AM

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