The son of a man who was convicted of murder allegedly assaulted a corrections officer at the Morris County Jail in Morristown, NJ.
According to authorities, the 30-year-old suspect attacked a corrections officer and punched him several times in the face and head. When victim called for help during the attack, other officers and guards came to his aid. The other officers managed to subdue the suspect and place him in handcuffs.
Prosecutors believe that the suspect may have assault the corrections officer in retaliation for the officer writing him up for violating jail rules. The suspect reportedly waited for the officer to open a cell door and then attacked him without warning.
After the incident, the corrections officer went to a clinic so that he could receive medical treatment for his injuries. That same day, the victim returned to the Morris County Jail and finished his daily shift.
The suspect was incarcerated at the correctional facility while he contested a guilty plea in a robbery case. The suspect had been held at the jail for the past 10 months. According to officials, the suspect admitted to stealing a Jaguar in Parsippany, New Jersey. However, he later tried to get his admission tossed out in court by arguing that he was under the influence of drugs at the time. His appeal is still pending.
As a result of the alleged assault on the corrections officer, the suspect now faces additional charges for aggravated assault.
The suspect is still being held at the Morris County Jail. His bail amount has been set at $20,000.
In 2014, the suspect’s father was convicted of killing his ex-wife at the couple’s home in Denville, New Jersey. The father was later sentenced to 50 years in New Jersey State Prison.
For additional information about the aggravated assault case, see the DailyRecord.com article entitled “Morris Inmate Charged in Attack on Corrections Officer.”