Inmate Sentenced For Beating Prison Guard
According to evidence presented at the guilty plea, on April 3, 2013, two prison guards found Thomas along with two other inmates drinking a homemade alcoholic beverage in a cell at the U.S. Penitentiary at Pollock, La. One guard led Thomas and the other two inmates out of the cell, but Thomas returned later and began beating the guard who remained in the cell using a padlock tied to a belt. When another guard approached Thomas, he attacked that guard as well. Thomas was subdued after guards used pepper spray on him. The officer Thomas initially attacked was brought to a nearby hospital where he was treated for four days in an intensive care unit. When the attack occurred, Thomas was serving a 161-month combined sentence for one count of brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence and another count of assault resulting in serious bodily injury.
The FBI and the U.S. Bureau of Prisons conducted the investigation. Senior Litigation Counsel Joseph G. Jarzabek prosecuted the case.