DA's office hands down verdict in prison shank fight trial
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Augusta Judicial Circuit District Attorney Jared Williams announces a jury has found a 19-year-old North Augusta man guilty of assaulting a fellow inmate inside the Charles B. Webster Detention Center.
A press release from Williams details a 3-on-1 "attack," which took place inside the jail on April 9th. He says 3 assailants, including Jahden Lewis, attempted to beat the 32-year-old victim, using a shank to stab him. The victim allegedly used his own shank in self-defense, at which time he was tased by a deputy. While incapacitated, the 3 other inmates including Lewis continued to assault the victim, who suffered "multiple shank wounds," according to Williams.
ADA Stetson Cromer told the jury during the 2-day trial, "Everyone deserves to feel safe at all times in our community, even in our jail."
Lewis was convicted of aggravated assault and unlawful acts of violence in a penal institution. He is sentenced to 15 years in prison and 5 years probation. He awaits previous charges out of Columbia County for armed robbery and entering automobile.
The two other defendants involved in the alleged assault await trial.
Williams says, "If you act up in the jail, expect more prison time."
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