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Inmate attempts escape, stabs pen into guard's head

Inmate attempts escape, stabs pen into guard's head

POSTED: Tuesday, December 29, 2009 - 2:37pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, March 17, 2010 - 12:07pm

A Nacogdoches County jail inmate stabbed a jailer in the head with a pen and assaulted two other guards during an alleged escape attempt last week, according to authorities.

Lesedric McClain, 21, remains in custody on $195,000 bond and is facing numerous charges, including first degree felony aggravated assault on a public servant and two lesser counts of the same charge. The injured jailer was transported to Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital for treatment. He was released shortly after and remains on medical leave.

Sheriff Thomas Kerss said that the charges against McClain are the highest possible, considering the jailer survived the attack.

As McClain approached the gate of his 24-bed cell to be administered medication, Kerss says that he pulled out a hollow ball point pen and stabbed it two inches deep into the forehead of the jailer, barely missing his brain.

The wound was just above the right eye, and a portion of the pen actually broke off inside the jailer's head. During the struggle to subdue the violent inmate, two other jailers were assaulted, and McClain was placed into a "violence cell," the sheriff said.

Kerss said the jailer, whose name has not been released, is in "relatively good condition" and is scheduled for another medical examination sometime today.

"The jailer was very fortunate," Kerss said referring to the location of the wound. "If it had been just a little more one way, it would have gotten him in the eye socket, and little bit the other way, he would have gotten hit in the temple, and it probably would have been a much worse injury."

McClain is also being charged with a second degree felony of attempting to escape, because Kerss says that while "he never got close to actually getting out of the facility, statements he made during the assault alluded to the fact that it was his intent to try and flee the facility by carrying out the assault itself."

Kerss said that it is not uncommon for inmates to acquire ink pens, and some jail standards even allow for prisoners to have such writing utensils.

"This just shows how an inmate will pretty much use whatever they have at their disposal to attack somebody, if that's what they choose to do," Kerss said.

McClain was arrested on Christmas Eve by the Nacogdoches Police Department for three other offences, including trying to take a police officer's weapon. On Thursday Dec. 24, McClain and some other men were being questioned by police. When police realized McClain gave them a false name and tried to detain him, he resisted and tried to take one of the officer's guns before fleeing into the woods.

Officers surrounded the area, and McClain was arrested and charged with resisting arrest, evasion and attempting to take a weapon from a police officer.

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