Three men awaiting trial in the Scott County Jail for various crimes each face additional charges after attacking multiple corrections officers earlier this week, Scott County Sheriff Tim Lane said.
Malachi Damir Howard, 18, who is awaiting trial on three counts of first-degree robbery, two counts of first-degree robbery and one count of first-degree burglary, and being a felon in possession of a firearm among d ‘other felony charges’, is now facing charges after punching three prison officers on Monday.
Howard was charged with three counts of assaulting persons in certain occupations and two counts of assault while participating in the crime. Each of the charges is a Class D felony under Iowa law punishable by up to five years in prison.
Howard is also charged with conspiracy to commit a felony by force, a Class C felony that carries a 10-year prison sentence.
According to arrest affidavits filed by Scott County Sheriff’s Investigator Ethan Roling, Howard was angry because correctional officers wouldn’t move him to another cell.
Lane said one of the correctional officers was shot in the eye and required hospital treatment. “He’ll be fine,” Lane said. “He wasn’t hurt too badly, no broken eye socket, but there’s a lot of bruising.”