Ala. corrections officer suffers broken jaw from assault by inmate

The CO was struck in the head with a tray after entering the inmate's cell to stop him from cutting his left arm

By Mike Cason

HARVEST, Ala. — An Alabama Department of Corrections officer suffered a broken jaw from an assault by an inmate on Friday, the ADOC said.

The assault took place at Limestone Correctional Facility. According to the ADOC, correctional officer Ernest Sterling observed inmate Raymond Madison cutting his left arm. When Sterling entered Madison’s cell to intervene, Madison struck him several times in the head with a serving tray.

Sterling was taken to Huntsville Hospital. Sterling suffered multiple fractures to his jaw and soft tissue damage to his face. He underwent surgery on Saturday.

Sterling was discharged from the hospital and will have a lengthy recovery, the ADOC said. The ADOC’s Law Enforcement Services Division is investigating the assault.

“I am deeply disturbed by the assault on one of our Correctional Officers,” ADOC Commissioner John Hamm said. “These men and women perform a critical state service to ensure public safety and that sacrifice deserves to be recognized and applauded. Our thoughts and prayers are with officer Sterling and his family during his recovery time.”

Madison is now being held at Donaldson Correctional Facility in Jefferson County. Madison is serving sentences for theft of property, receiving stolen property, and promoting prison contraband, according to the ADOC’s online inmate search.

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