Inmate pleads guilty to assaulting officers in jail

Published 11:25 am Saturday, July 29, 2017

An inmate at the Carter County jail faces new charges after police say he assaulted three officers inside the facility.

Deputies of the Carter County Sheriff’s Office charged Jason Richardson, 33, of 135 Hurley Hollow Road, with three counts of assault and one count of resisting arrest following an incident at the detention center on Wednesday.

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According to court documents, Richardson was in the booking area of the jail shortly before 4:30 p.m. on Thursday when he began causing a disruption. CCSO Capt. Thomas Smith said he was inspecting the installation of equipment near the booking area when he hears a female scream and saw officers running toward where he heard the scream coming from.

“I went to the bond window and saw an altercation occurring between several Correction Officers and an inmate,” Smith said, adding he exited the bond room and went to assist the officers. “I kept hearing a female scream and yelling ‘Let me go.’ Upon hearing this I assumed that Inmate Richardson was biting Officer Erica Huskins, who I could not see and later determined that she was underneath Inmate Richardson on the floor.”

Smith said he and other officers were able to pull Huskins out from under Richardson, with the help of two inmate workers, and then subdue Richardson. During the incident, Smith said, Richardson assaulted three officers — Huskins, Officer Candice Potter, and Officer Brandon Deas. Neither Potter or Deas required medical attention as a result of the assault, but Smith said Huskins was transported to a local hospital for treatment of her injuries.

According to Smith, the incident began after officers told Richardson he needed to hang up the telephone and he refused to do so. Deas then turned the telephone off and Richardson became upset, Smith said. “Officers Deas and Candice Potter attempted to escort him back to his cell and he became violent and began to put up a struggle,” Smith said. “He was ordered several times to stop his actions and comply with officers’ commands and he failed to do so. The altercation escalated with several officers becoming involved in an attempt to subdue Inmate Richardson.”

Richardson appeared in Carter County General Sessions Court on Friday and entered a plea agreement with the state. Richardson pled guilty to three counts of assault and as part of the agreement the resisting arrest charged was dismissed. Richardson will serve 2 days in jail for each count of assault, for a total of six days. He will pay a $25 fine and court costs for each count and will serve 11 months 29 days on probation.

Richardson was being held in the jail following his arrest on charges of driving under the influence, possession of drug paraphernalia, and resisting arrest earlier in the day on Wednesday.

In court on Friday, Richardson also entered guilty pleas to those charges as well. Under the terms of the agreement, Richardson will serve 2 days in jail on the DUI charge and pay a $350 fine as well as court costs, and serve 11 months 29 days on probation. He will pay a $250 fine on the possession of drug paraphernalia charge and a $10 fine on the resisting arrest charge as well as court costs on those offenses.