COAL TOWNSHIP — Less than 24 hours after a memorial service was held for murdered state Corrections Officer Mark Baserman, two guards at SCI-Coal Township were assaulted, with one suffering a broken nose.
The assaults occurred Thursday evening and resulted in both officers undergoing emergency room treatment at Geisinger-Shamokin Area Community Hospital, according to Pennsylvania State Corrections Officers Association (PSCOA) President Jason Bloom, who informed The News-Item Friday about the assaults.
Bloom said the institution placed the housing unit where the assaults occurred on lockdown for the remainder of the evening.
Bloom said the inmate accused of committing the assaults was released from a restricted housing unit within the past several days and has a history of assault. The PSCOA is currently looking into more details about why the inmate was recently released to the general population, Bloom said.
When contacted Friday night, SCI-Coal Township Superintendent Assistant Trisha Kelley confirmed the assault of two officers occurred Thursday night. She said both officers were treated at a local hospital for non-life threatening injuries before being discharged.
Kelley said the officers were assaulted by one inmate, who was transferred Friday to SCI-Frackville.
State police at Stonington are continuing their investigation and plan to charge the inmate with the assaults, Kelley said.
Baserman, who allegedly was beaten Feb. 15 at SCI-Somerset by inmate Paul Jawon Kendrick, died from injuries suffered in the assault 11 days later. A memorial service was held for the 61-year-old sergeant and Army veteran in Johnstown on Wednesday.
Kendrick, who is serving a life sentence for a 2014 murder in Arlington near Pittsburgh, was arraigned on homicide and assault charges earlier this week in connection with the deadly beating and was transferred the day after the attack to SCI-Huntingdon.
Baserman is the first state prison guard to die from an inmate assault in nearly 40 years.