Joshua Fleming, 36, was sentenced to one to five years in prison after pleading guilty to possessing a weapon in Branch County Jail in June 2021.

Charges of resisting prison officers and causing more than $400 in damage to the prison were dismissed.

Fleming told Branch County Circuit Judge Bill O’Grady that he hoped the boot camp program would reduce his time behind bars. Currently, he is not eligible for parole until September 2023.

The Sturgis resident was in the Branch County Jail, arrested on a warrant from St. Joseph County. The sentence will be concurrent with his sentence at Saint-Joseph.

Fleming was sentenced in November by St. Joseph’s County Circuit Judge Paul Stutesman to a term of 22 months to five years for assaulting his pregnant girlfriend in August 2020. He was sentenced to 14 months to four years for resisting arrest.

Corrections officers from the old prison went to investigate a broken cell window in Unit B. When they tried to take Fleming into custody, he fought them off. Officers used a taser to subdue him.

While checking his belongings, a spoon with the handle sharpened into a knife was found.

Fleming admitted to breaking the window during a recorded conversion with an outside caller

The damaged cell door has been repaired. The county will demolish the old jail this fall. The inmates were transferred to the new facility in December.

This article originally appeared on The Daily Reporter: News


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