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Inmate assaults Seward correctional officer

By Hope Miller 2:20 PM May 23, 2014

A correctional officer in Seward is expected to be OK after he was assaulted by an inmate Friday morning, authorities said.

During a routine cell move at the Spring Creek Correctional Center in Seward, inmate Brenton Kehoe, 25, “became agitated” about being shuffled around and hit the officer with a closed fist, said Sherrie Daigle with the state Department of Corrections.

The officer was taken to a local hospital for medical attention and is expected to be released at some point Friday.

Kehoe was arrested in Anchorage on Oct. 18, 2013, for a probation violation. He was originally charged in February 2010 with first-degree burglary. While incarcerated, Kehoe has racked up a “lengthy history of disciplinary problems,” the DOC said in a statement.

He’s had 25 disciplinary cases, such as possessing contraband, fighting with other inmates, not following directions and lying to the correctional staff, the DOC said.

Alaska State Troopers have been called to investigate the case and to forward any criminal charges to the district attorney’s office for review.

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