snow boots timberland Corrections officer dies 11 days after being beaten

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Update: State halts sales of work boots to prisoners.

The Pennsylvania Department of Corrections said an officer at State Correctional Institute Somerset died Monday from injuries sustained in an attack earlier this month at the hands of a 22 year old inmate.

Paul Jawon Kendrick is accused of fatally beating Sgt. Feb. 15, which led to Baserman’s hospitalization for 11 days. Corrections Secretary John Wetzel reported Baserman’s death in a news release Monday afternoon.

“The minute we learned of this unprovoked, brutal attack on Sgt. Baserman and another officer who came to his aid our hearts sank,” Wetzel said in the news release. “We are greatly saddened by Sgt. Baserman’s death and our thoughts are with his family at this time.”

The Tribune Democrat obtained charging documents in the assault and reported that the men were talking when Kendrick suddenly lashed out and struck Baserman in the face 8 to 10 times. Baserman fell to the ground, which is when Kendrick began kicking him in the head with his heavy Timberland boots. Kendrick’s motive for the attack was because Baserman had confiscated a towel earlier in the day Kendrick was using to block other’s view of his bunk, according to the report.

Another officer who assisted Baserman during the attack was also injured during the incident. He was released from the hospital shortly after the incident. Kendrick was transferred to another state prison after the attack, officials said.

Baserman began working for the Department of Corrections in 2007 at SCI Cresson,
snow boots timberland Corrections officer dies 11 days after being beaten
which is now closed. He had been working at SCI Somerset since 2012 and became a sergeant in 2016, officials said.

Kendrick was arraigned on six counts in connection the attack Monday, prior to Baserman’s death. No word additional charges had been filed at the time of this post.

The Pennsylvania State Corrections Officers Association (PSCOA) President Jason Bloom late Monday issued the following statement” “This officer is a hero who gave his life to protect Pennsylvania from its most violent criminals. His senseless death is a tragedy that must be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Inmates must know that any attacks on an officer will lead to swift and certain punishment. We call on the Department of Corrections to permanently ban Timberland and other similar boots that led to this officer’s most serious injuries. These boots are being used as weapons and must be removed immediately. Our thoughts and prayers are with this officer’s family and loved ones at this difficult time.”

Kendrick was already serving a life sentence for a first degree murder conviction in August 2015 in the shooting death of Maurice Freeman a year earlier. Kendrick killed Freeman because he was playing basketball in Pittsburgh’s Northview Heights. Freeman was from Arlington, and Kendrick and his friends objected to Freeman’s presence in the neighborhood, according to the Pittsburgh Post Gazette.

Gov. Tom Wolf and his wife Frances shared condolences and asked the public to stand behind correctional officers who are “vital to protecting public safety.” The last fatal assault on a corrections officer by an inmate happened at SCI Graterford on March 20, 1979, officials said.
snow boots timberland Corrections officer dies 11 days after being beaten