A Fresno County Jail inmate who stabbed a correctional officer a year ago was sentenced Thursday to 26 years in prison.
On March 9, Charlie Michael Smith, 34, of Tollhouse pleaded no contest in Fresno County Superior Court to charges of attempted murder and possession of a deadly weapon by a prisoner. Judge Dennis Peterson gave Smith a lengthy prison sentence due to the violence of the crime. Before the attack, Smith had been facing less than three years of prison time.
Court records identify the victim as Andrew Bratton, who was attacked on March 19, 2016.
Court records say Charlie Michael Smith has prior convictions in Madera County Superior Court for robbery and assault with a deadly weapon in July 2007.
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At the time of the incident, Sheriff Margaret Mims said correctional officers were serving dinner when Smith ambushed the officer, stabbing him repeatedly in the back and head with a sharpened broom-handle weapon he made in jail. Other correctional officers quickly detained Smith, the sheriff said.
The injured officer, who has worked in the jail since December 2015, was taken to a hospital for treatment, including stitches. He was released from the hospital the next day.
Smith was arrested on Jan. 26, 2016, for being a parolee in possession of a firearm. After his conviction, Mims said, Smith was scheduled to be transported to Wasco State Prison to serve a sentence of two years and eight months when he attacked the officer. Court records say Smith has prior convictions in Madera County Superior Court for robbery and assault with a deadly weapon in July 2007.