According to statistics compiled by Srinivas Konda, in the United States, there are only 500,000 prison guards to supervise 2 million prisoners.
It’s clear that these guards are outnumbered, and as a result, it’s not rare to see outbreaks of prison violence and rioting. According to Konda:
“Of all U.S. workers, correctional officers have one of the highest rates of nonfatal, work-related injuries.”
In the morning hours of September 14th, 2012, one female Kent County guard was the victim of a brutal inmate attack— and she didn’t think things could get any worse until she saw the remaining cell doors begin to open…
The female guard had been in charge of supervising a group of inmates during a night shift.
When one inmate named Willie Williams needed toilet paper, she had used the prison’s security software to release him in order for him to grab some.
Hearing the prisoner’s door shut and lock, the guard assumed he had returned to his cell, and she left the office to continue her duties.
Unfortunately, the unassuming woman had no idea that the prisoner had actually hidden behind a pillar, waiting to jump out and attack her as she walked by.
As the inmate beat the guard, he knocked her radio from her hand. During the struggle, he presses the correct buttons to open the remaining cells, and as the prisoners begin to approach, the guard is in complete fear for her life.
To both of their surprise, however, 6 or 7 inmates, led by Antonio Duane Brown, came on the scene, physically saving the woman from her attacker.
Just hours earlier, Antonio had been sentenced to a minimum of 18 months after being convicted of fleeing and eluding a police officer.
After hearing about his heroic rescue, the sentencing judge calls him back for what has been described as an “unprecedented” moment.
According to mLIVE, during the court proceedings, Judge Mark Trusock told Antonio:
“You intervened at your own peril and pulled that individual off of her, probably saved her life and protected her from him attacking her attacking.”
Sheriff Mark Stelma, the one who suggested that Antonio’s resentencing, adds: “He came to the officer’s aid […] He was the first one there to help and gave her some reprieve.”
Antonio, who is reported to have a “lengthy” criminal record, was thanked on behalf of the judicial system and ultimately given a credit for 149 days served— which equates to approximately 4.5 months off his total sentence.
Although the guard was “extremely traumatized”, things could have been much worse for the poor woman. mLIVE reports that, in the end, she only suffered from cuts and bruises.
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