Inmate assaults officer with broom handle at Parchman

Inmate assaults officer with broom handle at Parchman

JACKSON, MS (WDAM) - Earlier this week, a correctional supervisor suffered serious injuries after an inmate attacked her at the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman, according to a press release from Mississippi Department of Corrections.

The inmate, Clarence Jones, assaulted Lt. Clarissa Williams with a broom handle in an open dorm area of Unit 26 Tuesday morning.

Williams was treated at the prison and Bolivar Medical Center and will be off work for an extended period because of the injuries, according to MDOC.

Corrections Investigation Division Director Sean Smith said the motive for the attack is part of the ongoing investigation, according to MDOC.

Jones has been in prison since 2013 and is serving a 16-year sentence for aggravated assault domestic violence in Warren County.

According to MDOC, he is now facing an aggravated assault charge, and a conviction for aggravated assault upon a law enforcement officer within the scope of his or her duty is punishable by a maximum $5,000 fine or up to 30 years imprisonment, or both.