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Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Cocke County Jail assault
Cocke County authorities say two corrections officers were injured in a Tuesday evening incident in the Cocke County Jail. Cocke County Sheriff Armando Fontes said at approximately 8:30 pm Corrections Officers Stephen Revill and Justin Sprague were distributing medications to the female inmates in the third-floor courthouse jail when they were assaulted by inmate Christina Taylor Williams. The 22 year-old Williams, West Broadway, Dandridge, struck Officer Revill on the face and head area with a ceramic lid from the toilet in the cell. Officer Revill was bleeding from his head and face area from the assault. Officer Sprague sustained a shoulder injury during the altercation. Both officers were sent to the Newport Medical Center for treatment. Following the assault, Officer Sprague was able to remove Williams from the cell and place her in the restraint chair. The inmate later told investigators that she wanted to go home so she assaulted the corrections officers. "She was unable to complete the escape because of the quick actions of the correction officers," the sheriff said. Williams was in jail on sessions court charges of Violation of Probation and Failure to Appear for a court hearing. She has been incarcerated since September 22. Cocke County Lt. Detective Robert Thornton who investigated the incident has charged the defendant with Attempted Escape, Aggravated Assault, and Assault. The investigation is continuing and additional charges are pending.

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