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Correctional Sergeant Attacked by Inmate at California State Prison, Corcoran

CORCORAN – A correctional sergeant is recovering from injuries sustained during an attack by an inmate Tuesday at California State Prison-Corcoran. At around 7:46 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13, inmate Peter Matus, 33, was being escorted to his assigned cell by a correctional sergeant when he attacked the sergeant, punching him in the face. Matus immediately took a prone position on the floor and was restrained by responding staff.

The sergeant was transported to an outside hospital, where he was treated for a broken orbital bone and a laceration requiring 17 stitches. He was treated and released and is recovering at home. Matus sustained no injuries in the attack and was moved to COR’s Short Term Restricted Housing as the incident is investigated.

Matus was received by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation on July 9, 2012, from Los Angeles County to serve four years for second-degree robbery. In October 2013, he received an additional conviction from Los Angeles County and was sentenced to 50 years to life with the possibility of parole for first-degree murder.

Corcoran opened in 1988, employs approximately 2,500 people and houses about 3,000 minimum-, medium-, maximum-, and high-security custody inmates. The prison provides inmates with work, vocational, academic, educational, self-help, religious and other rehabilitative programs and has a fully licensed correctional treatment center.

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