A Warren County Jail inmate who attacked a guard has been given probation as part of a plea bargain in which he entered a guilty plea for violating his probation.
The inmate, Jay Allen Link, 30, entered no-contest pleas before General Sessions Judge Bill Locke to charges of assault on an officer and violation of probation. While getting an 11-month, 29-day probationary sentence for his assault on the corrections officer, he was given a six-month sentence to serve, in addition to his current time, for violating his probation. Link entered the no-contest plea after he was sent for mental evaluation following the attack.
Link was hit with the assault charge for an incident that happened in the medical portion of the maximum security wing at Warren County Jail. Corrections officer David Snowden was going to check on Link when he was attacked.
“Upon opening the cell door, Mr. Link charged at me,” Snowden said in his warrant against the inmate.
Link struck Snowden in the groin and stomach several times before he was taken to the floor in the hallway. Several other officers came to Snowden’s assistance in helping restrain the prisoner. Snowden sustained injuries to his left hand and right side of his head as a result of the inmate attack.
Link’s probationary sentence for the officer assault will begin once he is released after serving his current time.