The son of a man convicted of murder is accused of assaulting a corrections officer at the Morris County Jail in Morristown, New Jersey.
According to officials, the 30-year-old suspect repeatedly punched a corrections officer in the face and head. The victim called for help, prompting other officers and guards to come to his assistance. The other officers were able to subdue the suspect and handcuff him.
Authorities believe that the suspect might have targeted the corrections officer for writing him up for a violation of jail rules. The suspect allegedly waited for the officer to open a cell door before lunging at him and punching him numerous times.
After the incident, the corrections officer received medical treatment at a clinic. He later returned to the Morris County Jail so that he could finish his shift that day.
The suspect was being held at the correctional facility on a robbery charge. He had been in custody for the past 10 months while he attempted to withdraw a guilty plea in the robbery case. According to prosecutors, the suspect admitted to stealing a Jaguar in Parsippany, NJ. However, he later sought to get his admission thrown out because he said that he was under the influence of drugs at the time.
As a result of the alleged attack on the corrections officer, the suspect has been charged with aggravated assault.
The suspect remains held at the Morris County Jail. He is being held there in lieu of $20,000 bail.
The suspect’s father was convicted of killing his ex-wife at the couple’s home in Denville NJ in 2010. The father is currently serving a term of incarceration of 50 years in New Jersey State Prison.
For further information about the aggravated assault case, view the DailyRecord.com article entitled “Morris Inmate Charged in Attack on Corrections Officer.”