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Prison inmate found guilty for assault; fined, jail sentence extended

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

BENTON -- An inmate at the Southeast Correctional Center in Charleston was convicted for an assault on a prison employee.

Joseph Williams, an inmate at the SECC serving lengthy prison sentences for other convictions, was found guilty Friday of committing violence against a Missouri Department of Corrections employee after a one-day jury trial at the Scott County Courthouse in Benton, according to a news release from the Mississippi County Prosecuting Attorney's office.

Williams repeatedly struck a storekeeper employed by the Department of Corrections in the face with his closed fists, according to the news release.

Williams is scheduled for sentencing on Dec. 15.

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