Arizona inmate sentenced for brutally attacking corrections officer

May 19th, 2010 - 12:33 am ICT by BNO News  

PHOENIX, ARIZONA (BNO NEWS) – An Arizona inmate was sentenced for attacking a corrections officer who sustained permanent injuries, prosecutors said Tuesday.

Leonard Fisher, 24, of Parker, Arizona, punched an on-duty corrections officer several times in the face, causing broken facial bones, a damaged palate, and permanent damage to the officer’s senses of smell and taste.

Fisher struck a fellow inmate in the Truxton County Corrections Facility in Peach Springs, Arizona on February 26, 2009, and the inmate reported the assault to a corrections officer, but when the corrections officer approached Fisher and asked him about the assault, Fisher got in his face, asked him “what are you going to do about it?” He then attacked the officer, punching him, causing him to fall to the floor.

Fisher then put the officer in a headlock and applied pressure to the officer’s throat. Fisher ultimately released the officer from the choke hold, and then in an effort to elude law enforcement, ran around the cell tying doors shut with bed sheets and spilling soap on the floors to make it difficult for officers to capture him. Officers were able to quickly apprehended Fisher in the corrections facility.

The corrections officer endured two surgeries to repair the injury, which will permanently affect him.

Fisher had a 2007 prior felony conviction for Assault when he attacked a fellow inmate in the Colorado River Indian Tribes detention facility in Parker, Arizona. He was sentenced Monday to 86 months in federal prison and more than $6,000 in restitution.

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