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10-30-2004, 10:54 AM
Parchman inmate stabs 3 guards

Injuries not life threatening, commissioner says; man likely to face assault charges

By Jeremy Hudson (

Three guards at the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman were stabbed Friday by an inmate being escorted from an exercise yard, officials said.

Inmate Jessie Wilson, 22, used a piece of wire fencing that was removed from an exercise pen at the prison to stab the corrections officers, said Mississippi Department of Corrections Commissioner Christopher Epps. The stabbing occurred outside the maximum security Unit 32C, Epps said.

"None of them suffered life-threatening injuries," Epps said. "But we are going to go around and harden the doors on our exercise pens to make sure this can't happen again. We are going to put metal bars on the doors so inmates won't be able to just pull apart the wiring."

One officer received a "serious" wound to a finger, another suffered head and neck injuries and the third had a broken jaw and cuts on the thigh, Epps said. Epps would not name the guards. The officers were taken to hospitals in Clarksdale and Bolivar, Epps said.

The situation was back under control within five minutes, said Suzanne Singletary, MDOC spokeswoman. The facility was placed on lockdown as investigators used metal detectors to search for the weapon, Epps said.

Wilson likely will be charged with three counts of aggravated assault and one count of destroying state property, Epps said.

Wilson is serving a five-year sentence for grand larceny in Harrison County and a three-year sentence for aggravated assault in Leake County, MDOC records show.

Wilson is a gang member who has recorded 28 rules violations since he arrived at Parchman in October 2000, Epps said.

The attack is at least the second on Parchman guards in recent months. A guard was stabbed and severely beaten in August by an inmate in a shower. An investigation showed the guard did not follow proper procedures in checking the inmate's clothes before taking him to the shower, Epps said.

But policies were properly followed during Friday's attack, Epps said.

Ron Welch, a prisoner rights advocate, said he is surprised more security officers aren't attacked at prisons across the state because MDOC is too crowded with inmates and short on staffing.

"They are strained to the max," Welch said. "They have a skeleton staff in place, especially in dormitory areas where they have 120 prisoners in one zone and only one officer in a tower and another officer around the floor."

Staffing was not a problem during Friday's attack, Epps said. Two of the officers have been employed for slightly more than a year, and the third has been with MDOC since 1993, Epps said. The average salary for MDOC corrections officers is $23,712, Epps said. "We are thankful the officers weren't more seriously injured," Epps said.

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10-30-2004, 07:21 PM
Thank you so much for posting this. The only story I read did not tell his unit number. I am hoping this incident will not affect upcoming visits next week.

11-01-2004, 08:21 PM
You're welcome Amy!!