Ionia Prison: 4 Guards Attacked

By: Tim Gillette
By: Tim Gillette

IONIA - Four guards are hospitalized and one remains in serious condition after being assaulted by two inmates at a Michigan prison in Ionia. Michigan Department of Corrections spokesperson John Cordell says that the incident happened Wednesday night some time between 6 and 7 o'clock. Two prisoners at the Michigan Reformatory in Ionia were returning from a detail, when they attacked to corrections officers. Cordell did not know what prompted the attack.
After beating the guards, the two prisoners fled to a different floor of the building. Two more guards told the inmates to stop. Cordell said one of the prisoners laid down, but the other took a "fighting stance." The two guards attempted to subdue that inmate. That's when the second inmate got up and attacked a guard, beating him about the head. Other guards were then able to bring the situation under control.
The four guards were taken to the hospital. Three were released, but a fourth has serious head injuries and remains hospitalized. The two prisoners were transferred to the Ionia Maximum Correctional facility. The Michigan State Police is investigating the attacks. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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