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Two S.D. inmates charged with attempted murder of two COs

The first CO was assaulted by the two inmates in the Jameson Annex; the second CO was attacked when they arrived to help their colleague

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Both officers were taken to a local hospital where they were treated and released.

South Dakota Department of Corrections

Rapid City Journal, S.D.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Two state prison inmates have been indicted on charges, including attempted first-degree murder, for their attack on two state correctional officers in late August at the State Penitentiary in Sioux Falls.

A Minnehaha County Grand Jury Tuesday indicted Lester M. Monroe, 48, and Kyle L. Jones, 30, for attempted first-degree murder of a law enforcement officer and aggravated assault against a Department of Corrections employee. The more serious charge carries a maximum sentence of 50 years in prison and a $50,000 fine. The assault charges carry a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison and a $50,000 fine.

Jones also was indicted on a charge of simple assault against a Department of Corrections employee involving a second correctional officer. The charge carries a maximum sentence of four years in prison and a $4,000 fine.

The first correctional officer was allegedly assaulted by the two inmates in Unit D of the Jameson Annex. The second officer was allegedly attacked when they arrived to help their colleague. Both officers were taken to a local hospital where they were treated and released.

The State Division of Criminal Investigation is investigating the incident. The Attorney General’s Office is handling the prosecution.

Monroe and Jones are being held at the State Penitentiary.

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