For Immediate Release
September 20, 2000
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INDIANTOWN - An inmate attacked a correctional officer at Martin Correctional Institution Tuesday night.
Inmate Lavelle Phillips (DC# 464901/DOB: 11-9-76) struck correctional officer Greg Krawczynski in the face at approximately 9:25 pm. The officer sustained a black left eye that required treatment at a local hospital.
The incident occurred when the inmate refused officer Krawczynski's order to return to his cell after completing routine janitorial work on his cellblock. Phillips started arguing with the officer and suddenly punched him in the face with his fist. Additional staff arrived to subdue the inmate, who was handcuffed and given a routine check by prison medical staff. He was then placed in administrative confinement at Martin CI.
Officer Krawczynski was also checked by prison medical staff and referred to Martin Memorial Hospital South. He was treated and given sutures for injuries to his eye and has been referred to a specialist for further evaluation. It is not known when he will return to duty.
The Department of Corrections will recommend to the State Attorney's Office that inmate Phillips be charged with battery on a law enforcement officer. Phillips is serving a 10-year sentence for three counts of attempted first-degree murder, robbery with a firearm and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon in Palm Beach County. He has a history of disciplinary problems while in prison and was housed in a close management cellblock.
Assault Advisory is issued by the Department of Corrections whenever a correctional officer or probation officer is attacked in the line of duty.