For Immediate Release
October 9, 2000
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SANDERSON - An inmate attacked two correctional officers at Baker Correctional Institution Sunday afternoon.
Inmate George Ortega (DC# 044646/DOB: 1-22-53) was being escorted to the prison recreation yard by officers Thomas Kittrell and Joseph Fields at approximately 12:15 pm. Ortega, who was in handcuffs, waist chain and leg irons, managed to maneuver his hands and arms to grab officer Kittrell's radio from his belt and strike him on the head with it. Both officers tried to restrain the inmate. In the ensuing struggle, Ortega struck officer Fields over the left eyebrow and in the mouth, loosening some teeth.
Officers Kittrell and Fields eventually subdued the inmate. Additional staff arrived to assist. Both officers were checked by prison medical staff Sunday and have appointments with physicians today. They are expected to return to work Tuesday. Ortega complained of a sore back and was examined by prison medical staff but no treatment was necessary. He remains at Baker CI.
The Department of Corrections will recommend to the State Attorney's Office that inmate Ortega be charged with battery on a law enforcement officer. Ortega is serving a five-year and ten-month sentence for burglary and shooting missiles into a dwelling in Hillsborough County and a one-year, six-month sentence for battery on a law enforcement officer in Jackson County. He has a history of disciplinary problems in prison.
Assault Advisory is issued by the Department of Corrections whenever a correctional officer or probation officer is attacked in the line of duty.