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Inmate Commits Attempted Murder of a Correctional Officer at California Men’s Colony

SAN LUIS OBISPO – An inmate at California Men’s Colony (CMC) attacked a correctional officer with an inmate manufactured weapon yesterday, inflicting injuries to the officer’s head and neck.  One officer who responded also was injured while subduing the attacker, inmate William Mikeworth.

The attack happened at approximately 10 a.m. on May 15, 2013, on a medium-custody yard when inmate Mikeworth struck the officer in the head and neck several times with a weapon.

The unit alarm was sounded, and responding officers used physical force and batons to subdue inmate Mikeworth.

Both officers were treated and released from a community hospital for wounds to their heads and necks.  Their injuries were non-life threatening.

Inmate Mikeworth, 39, was admitted to state prison on September 9, 2008 from San Bernardino County with a 9-year term for assault with a deadly weapon. He has been housed at CMC since February 18, 2013.

The incident is being reviewed by investigators at California Men’s Colony and from the San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office.

California Men’s Colony houses 4,917 inmates and employs 1,899 custody, medical and support staff.  First opened in 1954, the institution houses minimum- and medium-custody inmates and provides medical treatment and vocational training to inmates.

May 17, 2013
Contact: Lt. Robert Furster
(805) 547-7948