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Two FCI staffers recovering from inmate attacks

This article has been modified from its original version, with additional details on  one of the incidents

Two Franklin Correctional Institution staffers, assaulted by convicted murderers earlier this week in separate incidents, are in stable condition and expected to make a full recovery.

According to a release from the Florida Department of Corrections, on Monday, Feb. 21 inmate Jaquez Barr battered a staff member while in a housing area. The injured staff member was transported to outside medical.

On Sept. 27, 2019, Barr was sentenced in Marion County to life imprisonment for second degree murder committed Jan. 25, 2018.

On Wednesday, Feb. 23, inmate Jamil Thomas assaulted an officer by stabbing them inb the neck and back of the shoulder, while on the recreation yard. That staffer sustained critical injuries and was transported to outside medical as well.

On Jan. 4, 2019, Thomas was sentenced in Duval County to 25 years for second degree murder committed July 12, 2016.

“Following each battery, additional staff responded appropriately to subdue the assailant and prevent further injury.,” read the release.

Once the ongoing investigation by the Office of Inspector General is complete, read the FDOC statement, more information will be available. Additionally, the department said both inmates could face disciplinary action for their involvement.

“The Florida Department of Corrections is immensely proud of Franklin Correctional Institution staff for their unyielding efforts to mitigate against violence and uphold our core values of respect, integrity, courage, selfless service and compassion,” read the release. “Secretary Ricky Dixon is committed to ensuring individuals who engage in violent or predatory acts are held accountable.”

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