MALONE - A Monday morning fight between inmates at Franklin Correctional Facility sent two corrections officers to the hospital with swelling, abrasions and contusions.
According to a press release from the New York State Correctional Officers and Police Benevolent Association, at approximately 8 a.m. Monday an officer witnessed two inmates fighting in a housing unit and ordered them to stop. When they didnt, he attempted to separate them. One of the involved inmates, Bobby Perry, turned and punched him in the face just below the left eye, the release said.
Another corrections officer then arrived and attempted to pull Perry from the other inmate, William Marcano. Perry swung at the second officer and struck him in the chest. He then proceeded to pick up a metal pan and strike Marcano across the face and head.
The second officer again attempted to pull Perry away and was struck in the hand by the pan.
A sergeant arrived on scene and gained control of Perry, forcing him to the floor where he was restrained and handcuffed.
Perry, 34, is serving a five-year sentence for second-degree robbery in New York County in 2010. Marcano, 23, is serving a two-year sentence for second-degree attempted burglary in Queens County in 2011. Both were sent to special housing following the fight.
Both officers were treated at the facility infirmary and then sent to the Alice Hyde Medical Center for further treatment before being released.
The assault is the fourth of the year at FCF, following three assaults at the facility in January with seven corrections officers injured, one sustaining a concussion after hitting her head on a concrete floor.
Each day our members put their lives on the line to protect public safety and each day the Cuomo Administrations policies make their jobs even more dangerous because of overcrowded prison facilities and a more violent inmate population, NYSCOPBA President Donn Rover said in a press release. The administration should concentrate on the negative effects their correction policies have caused.