Attack on guard earns life term for prison inmate

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake As the cell door opened, Jacobs ran out of the cell and attacked Frey, wrapping his arm around Frey’s neck and punching him in the face with his left fist, prison officials said. Other officers responded and pulled Jacobs off of Frey, prison officials said. Jacobs’ attorney argued that Jacobs was struck with batons by one or more officers and was defending himself. “It’s a terrible reflection on our justice system when a jury believes correctional officers’ testimony about mysterious baton marks on the back of a prisoner, and those marks go unexplained by the same officers who inflicted those injuries,” Deputy Public Defender Fred Gagliardini said. Frey denied striking Jacobs with a baton, and other officers testified that they neither saw a baton used nor used baton themselves, Gagliardini said. The cellmate testified that Frey and others hit Jacobs with batons, Gagliardini said. Deputy District Attorney Ruby Arias did not return phone calls. Jacobs was the target of two civil lawsuits filed in June 2004 – one by Frey and a second one filed by correctional officers Vincent Herrera and Isaac Mijares, claiming Jacobs assaulted them in August 2003. Frey said Jacobs punched him in January 2004 while being escorted to a holding cell to do legal research. The punch resulted in a cut that required three stitches, Frey said. Herrera said Jacobs punched him in the face and that during the ensuing fistfight, he and the inmate both fell to the ground. Herrera said he hit his forehead on the asphalt and suffered a concussion. Mijares was punched in mouth by Jacobs when he came over to help Herrera, Herrera said. Karen Maeshiro, (661) 267-5744 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LANCASTER – A prison inmate already serving a life term for murder was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison without parole for assaulting a correctional officer at the prison in Lancaster. George Jacobs, 31, was convicted of the November 2004 assault of California State Prison – Los Angeles County correctional officer Jason Frey, who had sued Jacobs five months earlier in civil court for a January 2004 attack. An Antelope Valley Superior Court jury convicted Jacobs of the assault charge on Tuesday after deliberating more than two hours. Jacobs already was in prison serving 30 years to life for a 1993 shooting murder in Los Angeles, attorneys said. The Nov. 9 incident occurred when Frey was escorting an inmate back to his cell that he shared with Jacobs. last_img

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