Another correctional officer attacked at Pa. prison

The assault is part of a growing list of attacks on officers at SCI-Somerset


By Patrick Buchnowski
The Tribune-Democrat, Johnstown, Pa.

SOMERSET, Pa. — An inmate assaulted a corrections officer at SCI-Somerset on Friday, authorities said.

Prison spokeswoman Christie Schenck said the guard was taken to a local hospital for an evaluation.

No names were released.

The prison is conducting an internal investigation, she said.

“We continually review our policies and procedures to find ways to keep our staff as well as our inmates safe,” Schenck said.

The assault is part of a growing list of attacks on officers at SCI-Somerset.

• Canie Griffith, 30, was arraigned on Tuesday for allegedly attacking a corrections officer at the prison on May 18. State police in Somerset said Griffith struck Mark Bevec three times with a Master Lock padlock sending him to the hospital with a brain bleed. Troopers charged Griffith with aggravated assault, assault by a prisoner and simple assault. He is being held at SCI-Smithfield in Huntingdon.

• On Feb. 15, corrections officer Mark Baserman suffered fatal injuries when he was attacked while working in a “day room” at the prison. Inmate Paul Kendrick, 22, of Pittsburgh, has been charged with murder for allegedly beating and kicking Baserman and another guard.

• On Jan. 9, inmate Joshua Steven Perry, 25, was found slain in his cell, and cellmate Dale Michael Wakefield, 25, is headed to trial, accused of murder.

• On Dec. 3, a corrections officer was attacked by a SCI-Somerset inmate who was having treatment at Somerset Hospital, according to Somerset Borough police. William Amos Cramer, 26, was charged with attempted homicide, assault by a prisoner, assault by a life prisoner, aggravated assault and simple assault.

©2018 The Tribune-Democrat (Johnstown, Pa.)

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