Inmate arrested after corrections lieutenant assaulted at Holman Prison

ATMORE, Ala. – A corrections lieutenant was injured in an assault Wednesday at the William C. Holman Correctional Facility in Atmore.

The assault occurred inside the prison at about 1 p.m. when the lieutenant was attempting to control the inmate who was making threatening remarks to other corrections officers. The inmate assaulted the lieutenant with a makeshift weapon, striking him above an eye.

Robert Washington (Photo: Alabama Department of Corrections)

Robert Washington (Photo: Alabama Department of Corrections)

Bob Horton, spokesperson for the Alabama Department of Corrections, said the lieutenant received a minor cut and was treated at a local hospital for his injury, then released.  The lieutenant’s name is being withheld.

No other inmates or officers were involved in the incident.

Inmate Robert Washington, 27, is being charged with the assault. Washington is serving a 20-year sentence on a 2010 first-degree robbery conviction out of Montgomery County.

This is the second assault on a corrections official at the prison since September. Corrections Officer Kenneth Bettis was stabbed on Sept. 1 and later died of his injuries.

A Corrections Emergency Response Team (CERT) is at the facility to assist the prison’s security staff. The prison is locked down while the incident is under investigation.