Editor’s note: A version of this story that ran in print on April 24 identified the wrong Tyler Ward as the defendant. Tyler Scott Ward, 24, of Blodgett, is charged with assaulting an inmate.
An inmate at the Boonville Correctional Center is facing another felony charge after investigators say he assaulted another inmate in late March.
Tyler Scott Ward, 24, of Blodgett, assaulted Corby Williamson, 25, of Sullivan, around 6 a.m. on March 28, according to an affidavit from Missouri Department of Corrections investigator Brian Armer. Ward hit Williamson in the face without any warning, put him in a headlock and threw him to the ground. Ward got on Williamson’s back and hit him repeatedly in the back of the head, causing his head to slam against the concrete floor, according to Armer.
Ward now faces between 5 and 15 years in prison for a charge of violence to an inmate by an inmate. He’s just over three years into a 15 year sentence for his third burglary conviction, running concurrently with a 7-year sentence for unlawful possession of a firearm and 4 and 7 years for his first two burglary convictions, according to court records. Ward has been in state custody since December 2015, and has been an inmate at Boonville Correctional Center since Jan. 31, according to department spokesman Garry Brix.
Williamson pled guilty in 2014 to felony drug possession, and was given a suspended sentence. He was given a 3 year prison sentence after his probation was revoked in 2016 after he pled guilty to leaving the scene of an accident.
Williamson pled guilty on April 11 to tampering with a motor vehicle in Madison County. He was given a suspended sentence and placed on probation. He also has a pending charge of resisting arrest in Crawford County, online court records show. Williamson was discharged from DOC custody on March 29, according to Brix.
There had been 6 major inmate-on-inmate assaults this year in the Boonville Correctional Center as of March 22, the Department of Corrections previously told the Daily News in response to a records request. Out of those assaults, one person had to be transported outside of the center for medical attention.
In 2018, there were 61 major assaults by one inmate on another inmate, and five people required outside medical treatment, according to the department. That includes one man who needed emergency surgery to remove his ruptured spleen after two other inmates, Calyb Musgrave and Derick Dwyer allegedly sexually assaulted him
In 2017, only one person required medical attention out of 45 major inmate-on-inmate assaults, according to the department. In total, there have been 112 serious assaults against inmates at the Boonville Correctional Center since 2017, and 21 against staff, according to the department.