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High Desert State Prison Sergeant Injured from Inmate Attack

SUSANVILLE – A High Desert State Prison (HDSP) sergeant is recovering from injuries suffered during an unprovoked attack by an inmate Monday night.

The assault occurred on October 14 at 6 p.m. after staff completed a clothed body search of inmate Bernard L. Wildee. Staff found contraband and ordered the inmate to submit to handcuffs. Instead, inmate Wildee repeatedly struck a correctional sergeant in his face and head.

Responding staff used physical force to subdue inmate Wildee.

Two HDSP custody staff members were taken to a local hospital for treatment.

The sergeant, a nearly 17-year veteran of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), suffered a concussion, three lacerations to his right eye and bruises to his face. He is at home recovering.

A correctional officer, a five and a half-year veteran of CDCR, was also taken to a hospital and treated for minor injuries to his right knee and right hand incurred while using physical force to stop inmate Wildee’s attack. He has returned to work.

Inmate Wildee, 39, was received from Sacramento County on September 12, 2005 with a 26-years-to-life sentence for being an ex-felon in possession of a firearm, his third strike. Wildee served a prior commitment from Sacramento County for voluntary manslaughter and assault with a deadly weapon and a 1995 conviction from Solano County for battery on a peace officer.

Inmate Wildee was transferred to the Administrative Segregation Unit at California Correctional Center in Susanville pending investigation.

The incident is being investigated by the prison’s Investigative Services Unit and will be referred to the Lassen County District Attorney’s Office.

High Desert State Prison located in Lassen County opened in 1995 and houses 3,343 minimum-, medium-, and maximum-security Inmates. The institution provides academic classes and vocational instruction and employs approximately 1,210 people.

OCTOBER 16, 2013
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