A Warren County Jail inmate had a month added to his sentence after he stabbed another inmate with a nail.
The inmate, David Russell Medley, 35, was ordered by General Sessions Judge Bill Locke to serve 30 days of an 11-month, 29-day sentence on the amended count of simple assault. He was originally charged with felony assault. That count could have carried three to six years in prison had he been convicted of the original charge.
His sentence comes after correctional officers heard yelling coming from a cell in C-block.
“I saw Medley going into C-79 and looked up and heard yelling coming from the cell,” the jailer reported in the facility’s warrant against Medley. “Then Mr. Medley slammed the door to the cell.”
Correction officers hurried to the cell where the screaming was coming from and found the victim, John Northcutt, on the floor.
“I asked if he was OK and he responded he didn’t know,” the officer recalled in his report of the incident, noting he took the injured inmate to the nurse station.
He was then sent to United Regional Medical Center where a puncture wound was found in his head. He was treated and released back to the county jail. A search of Medley’s cell found the weapon.
“During a search of cell 82 where Medley was housed we found a nail,” the officer said, noting they believe the nail was what was used to injure Northcutt.