Former Leavenworth inmate sentenced in attack on guard

October 10, 2018 - 8:43 pm

A former Leavenworth inmate has been sentenced to 15 years in federal prison for attacking a Leavenworth prison guard with a pair of scissors.

U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister said Richard James Jr., 27, was also ordered Wednesday to pay $18,692 in restitution.

James, who is in federal custody, pleaded guilty to assaulting a federal officer. He admitted that he sharpened a pair of grooming scissors and stabbed Joseph Brian Wilson, a unit manager for the U.S. Bureau of Prisons.

Other corrections officers pulled James off Wilson to stop the attack.

Prosecutors say James told investigators he wanted a "change of scenery" and attacked Wilson so he would be moved to another prison.

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