RACINE COUNTY — A felony charge of “battery by prisoners” has been filed against 17-year-old Deonte Anderson of Racine in connection with the alleged assault of a corrections officer inside the Racine County Jail.
It happened on October 17th — and was captured by surveillance cameras.
“We train for the unexpected. This was truly unexpected,” Racine County Sheriff Christopher Schmaling said of the alleged attack.
According to a criminal complaint, on that date, shortly before 11:00 p.m., a corrections officer assigned to assist in the transport of inmates from the shower room in intake to their cells, was escorting Anderson to his assigned cell in intake.
Anderson was being escorted by the arm by another corrections officer, and the officer who was attacked was behind them.
As Anderson was walking to his cell, the complaint indicates he suddenly stopped, and the corrections officer who was attacked saw Anderson clench his fist. He then allegedly turned toward the corrections officer and punched him in the jaw with a closed fist.
The corrections officer stumbled backwards and fell to the ground.
His chin was cut, and he reported a headache, and feeling dizzy. He was treated and released, and quickly returned to work.
“He’s embarrassed by what happened. He thinks he could’ve done something different. He was just at the wrong spot at the wrong time with the wrong inmate,” Sheriff Schmaling said.
Anderson made his initial court appearance in this case on November 3rd. Probable cause was found for further proceedings in this case. A preliminary hearing was scheduled for November 9th — and $10,000 cash bond was set.
Anderson was in jail in a case filed in July of 2016 — charging him with one count of armed robbery, repeater, and one count of possession of a firearm by a person convicted of a felony, repeater. He made his initial appearance in that case on July 1st, and cash bond was set at $50,000.
A competency hearing was held in August, and it was determined that an in-patient examination would be done on Anderson.
In October, it was determined Anderson was competent to proceed.
A preliminary hearing was scheduled for November 9th in that case.