FLORENCE, Colo. - An inmate at the United States Penitentiary in Florence has been sentenced to additional prison time for assaulting a correctional officer, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Denver.
James Wilson, 36, of North Carolina, was sentenced Friday to three years and 10 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release. He pled guilty in December to one count of assaulting and resisting a federal employee. He was already serving multiple federal sentences.
Prosecutors said the assault happened on January 2, 2017. Before being escorted to a lieutenant's holding cell, Wilson was ordered to stop and submit to a pat search. Wilson ignored the order and ran away, according to prosecutors. Another correctional officer noticed a cell-made shank in his hand as he ran.
After a struggle, Wilson was pushed to the ground, according to prosecutors. He then punched an officer several times in the chest. Prosecutors said the officer's polo shirt had at least one puncture hole over the left breast. The officer's protective vest, which had several indentations from the assault, protected him from substantial injury.