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Potosi inmate charged with assaulting staff

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Potosi inmate charged with assaulting staff

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An inmate serving time for assault at the Potosi Correctional Center (PCC) faces felony charges in connection with an assault on a corrections officer that occurred at the facility in May.

Laron Swopes, 31, was charged last week in Washington County with first-degree assault and the Class B felony of committing violence against an employee of the Department of Corrections.

According to a probable cause statement, on May 30, a corrections officer was called to Housing Unit Three for a restraint move for Swopes. The officer called Swopes out to the secure, controlled entry way and met him there while accompanied by another corrections officer.

The officers gave Swopes multiple directives to submit to wrist restraints to which he reportedly did not comply.

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The report says Swopes became combative and struck one of the officers in the face, knocking him to the floor and hitting the back of his head on a brick wall, which rendered him unconscious.

Swopes then reportedly turned toward the unconscious officer, and swung a closed fist at him.

The officer was able to take control of Swopes' arm to prevent the man from striking him again. He then managed to place Swopes in handcuffs.

As of Aug. 10, when the report was filed, the injured officer was still on light duty due to his injuries.

According to court records, Swopes is serving a 45-year sentence for first-degree assault, armed criminal action and unlawful use of a weapon, and three counts of endangering a Department of Corrections employee with bodily fluids.

If convicted of the newly-filed charges, Swopes could face an additional 30 years, or life, in prison.

Bobby Radford is a reporter for the Daily Journal. He can be reached at bradford@dailyjournalonline.com

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