Northern California Prison Guard Hospitalized

Nov 18, 2013 2:45 PM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A correctional officer is hospitalized in fair condition after he was slashed in the head and neck with an inmate-made weapon at a Northern California state prison.

Lt. Bryan Donahoo at the California State Prison in Sacramento says a maximum-security inmate repeatedly slashed the 40-year-old officer about 8 a.m. Monday using a piece of broken glass from a television.

Donahoo says the 15-year veteran officer needs surgery to repair a tendon in his arm and cosmetic surgery for his ear. He was also cut several times on the neck.

Inmate Alberto Cortez is being held in the attack. The 22-year-old is serving a life sentence for attempted first-degree murder.

Donahoo says it is unclear what triggered the assault at the prison, which is 25 miles east of the state capital.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


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