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Intoxicated inmate attacks several officers at Cayuga Correctional Facility

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An incident last month at the Cayuga Correctional Facility left several corrections officers injured. It all involved an intoxicated inmate.


The 30-year-old was observed acting erratically on May 15. The actions were believed to be related to substance abuse.

The inmate attacked officers during an attempted search, striking one in the face and biting another’s hand. Despite initial resistance, the inmate was eventually subdued with OC spray, medically evaluated, and transferred to a Special Housing Unit.

The bitten officer was admitted to Auburn Hospital and temporarily relieved of duty, while the other officer and a responding sergeant remained on active duty after a facility medical check. The inmate, serving a 13-year to life sentence for the brutal murder of his girlfriend’s toddler in 2011, is eligible for parole in July.

In response to the incident, NYSCOPBA Western Region Vice President, Kenny Gold, called for a thorough review of the inmate’s disciplinary history and initial crime before parole consideration, emphasizing the need for robust measures to hold inmates accountable for their actions against staff.