STORMVILLE, N.Y. -- A corrections officer was injured after being assaulted by an inmate serving time for second-degree murder at the Green Haven Correctional Facility, according to a spokesman for the New York State Correctional Officers Police Benevolent Association.
An officer was making routine rounds in a cell block at Green Haven Correctional Facility on April 9 at 4:35 a.m. when an inmate, Dennis Mosley, was locked in his cell and called for the officer to come closer, James Miller, a spokesman for the NYSCOPBA said.
He told the officer he had something to tell her and did not want the other inmates to hear, Miller said. As the female officer got close to the cell, Mosley reached out through the bars and grabbed the officer’s right arm and pulled her into the cell bars, Miller said. The officer struck her head and arm on the cell bars, Mille said. She managed to break free from the inmate’s grasp and immediately fell backward striking her head and arm on a table behind her, Miller said.
Another officer on duty witnessed the assault and called for a response, Miller said. Additional officers arrived at Mosley’s cell, Miller said. The inmate had a broken broom handle in his hand and a weighted cloth weapon in the other, Miller said. He was given orders to drop both weapons, Miller said. Mosley complied with the orders, Miller said. Officers had to cut shoestrings that the inmate had tied to the cell door to prevent it from opening, Miller said.
Once the officers were able to get inside the cell they applied restraints on Mosley, Miller said. He was removed from his cell and placed in a special housing unit.
The injured officer sustained abrasions and bruising to her face, arm and back of her head, Miller said. She was transported to an outside hospital for treatment and released, Miller said. She has not returned to duty, Miller said.
Mosley, 32, is serving a 22-year to life sentence after being convicted of killing a 47-year-old man in Utica.