Pa. inmate viciously attacks counselor, corrections officer

The counselor was knocked down and punched repeatedly in the face, head and neck; a CO who intervened in the attack was also struck and injured


By Eric Mark
The Citizens' Voice

LUZERNE COUNTY, Pa. — An inmate serving a life sentence for homicide viciously assaulted a prison counselor at State Correctional Institution-Dallas in Jackson Twp. two weeks ago, according to state police.

Wade Middleton, 60, attacked counselor Tiffany White as she was walking with her lunch at the prison on Sept. 10, police said in a news release issued Tuesday.

Wade Middleton is serving a life sentence for homicide. (Photo/Pennsylvania Department of Corrections)
Wade Middleton is serving a life sentence for homicide. (Photo/Pennsylvania Department of Corrections)

Middleton struck White in the face, knocking her down, then jumped on her and repeatedly punched her in the face, head and neck, according to police, who described the attack as unprovoked.

Middleton also struck and injured corrections officer Daniel Patton, who intervened in the attack, police said.

White suffered multiple facial fractures, severe bruising, a bite to her upper chest and severe carotid artery dissections. She was taken to a local hospital, where she spent several nights and required surgery, police said.

Police charged Middleton with felony counts of assault by a life prisoner, assault by a prisoner and aggravated assault. He will be arraigned at the office of Magisterial District Judge Brian Tupper at a later date, police said.

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