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Inmates Attack Correctional Officers, Correctional Counselor, in Three Separate Incidents

Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility officials are investigating the incidents

Authorities at the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility (RJD) are investigating three separate attacks that left three correctional officers and one correctional counselor injured. 

The first incident happened Monday morning when inmate Ronnie Moody first approached a correctional counselor and asked to speak with him during an alarm response in the Facility C yard.

Moody, 35, first came to RJD from San Francisco with an 11-year eight-month sentence for vehicle theft by a second striker, attempted robbery, resisting arrest and attempting to remove a firearm from a peace officer. 

When the 35-year-old inmate approached the counselor, the counselor told Moody he could not talk with him during an active alarm. 

Moody entered his office and began striking the officer in the head. The correctional counselor used physical force to defend himself. 

Meanwhile, a control booth officer fired a 40-millimeter direct impact round at Moody. He was restrained as he tried to take swings at the staff. 

The counselor was taken to an outside for hospital for treatment. The counselor suffered head injuries, a broken nose, and bruises and lacerations to his face and hands that needed stitches. He was later released from the hospital. 

Moody was treated at the facility for minor injuries. 

The second attacks happened as RJD staff were attempting to secure the dayroom. 

Inmates Gary Deans and Donnel Jones jumped up, officials said, and struck two correctional officers in the head, neck and groin areas. To stop the attacks, officers used physical force. 

Deans, 50, is serving a 30-years-to-life sentence for first-degree murder with a firearm. 

Jones, 54, is serving 34-years-to-life for carjacking and robbery by a third striker. 

At the same time, inmate Billy Williams began inciting other inmates to assault staff. Officers placed him in restraints.

As he was being escorted out of the building, Williams head-butted the officer was escorting him. 

The officer used physical force to stop the assault and force him to the ground. 

Williams, 53, is serving a 35-years-to-life sentence for voluntary manslaughter with use of a firearm by a third striker. 

The three officers suffered minor injuries. They elected to stay on duty. 

All the inmates involved in the attacks were moved to the Administrative Segregation Unit. 

As officials investigate, inmate movement on Facility C and one additional yard have been limited. 

The incident is under investigation. 

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