A prisoner being held at the Lincoln County Detention Center was sentenced after attacking a corrections officer earlier this year.
Back in November 2016, 37-year-old Joseph Mendoza was awaiting a hearing for a felony shoplifting case at LCDC when he and Demario Allen were accused of jumping a corrections officer who was leaving the cell pod.
Allen was accused of tackling the officer to the ground while Mendoza tried to control the officer’s arms.
As more officers arrived at the cell pod, Mendoza and Allen are alleged to have armed themselves with shanks they created from the handle of a wood squeegee.
Responding officers were able to lock Mendoza in the cell pod however, Allen managed to escape into the hall where he stabbed the guard in the ribs.
The officer didn’t suffer any cuts or lacerations but did suffer a fractured rib.
Judge Daniel A. Bryant sentenced Mendoza to 18 years for the attack.
Mendoza’s sentence will not begin until he has finished his four year prison sentence he is currently serving for the shoplifting conviction.
He will then be required to serve five years of supervised probation after his release.
Demario Allen is currently serving 31 and a half years for his role in the attack on the corrections officer in addition to unrelated felony cases from Lincoln and Chaves Counties.