BUTTE COUNTY, Calif – The conclusion of a three-day trial on Friday found a jail inmate guilty of seriously injuring another inmate at the Butte County Jail in an August 2020 attack, according to the Butte County District Attorney, Mike Ramsey.
28-year-old Cornelius Eugene McCauley, from Chico, was found guilty of assault with force likely to produce great bodily injury along with a special enhancement for great bodily injury, according to the Butte County District Attorney’s Office.
McCauley's attack in a housing pod was found to be unprovoked. The victim was taken to Oroville Hospital for treatment for their injuries.
Jail surveillance video and the testimony of a tower guard who witnessed the attack were presented as evidence of the assault. The video shows McCauley “square off” in front of the victim, a 49-year-old Oroville man, then quickly attacks the other inmate beating him on the head.
McCauley was being held in jail for a pending series of car break-in thefts in the Chico area between July 2019 and February 2020.
He now faces up to 16 years in state prison at his pending sentencing hearing on April 7, 2021. This also includes an enhancement for a strike offense of robbery in Sacramento in 2014.
Ramsey said Butte County is seeing increases in jail assaults due to recent reforms under AB-109 legislation and COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, both of which have contributed to jail over-crowding by limiting the transport of inmates who would otherwise serve time in state prison.