(Stillwater) — A bench warrant has been issued for the arrest of a former Cushing prison inmate who failed to appear in court last week on a charge of punching a supervisor at Cimarron Correctional Facility in the face.
Jerry Churchill, 34, who reportedly now lives in Oklahoma City, was released from the state prison system last summer to serve the probationary portion of his sentence, state Department of Corrections records indicate.
After the alleged attack on the Cushing prison supervisor in 2007, Churchill was transferred to Joseph Harp Correctional Center in Lexington, court records show.
If convicted of hitting Cimarron Correctional Facility shift supervisor Dennis Weems in the face with a closed fist, Churchill could receive as much as a five-year prison term for assault and battery on a corrections officer.
At the time of the Oct. 10, 2007 incident, Churchill was upset while discussing an earlier incident with another staff member, according to an affidavit by Cimarron Correctional Facility investigator Marty Garrison.
Churchill had said that in the earlier incident, another staff member had placed his hands on Churchill, but “it was proven that this was untrue and that Inmate Churchill was the one that actually bumped into the officer,” the affidavit alleged.
While Churchill was discussing the incident with his case manager, “she informed him the officer had written a statement that was a different account of the events that took place,” the affidavit said.
“Inmate Churchill became very upset and started cursing and screaming at the case manager. Back-up was called. When back-up arrived, Inmate Churchill continued his disruptive behavior,” the affidavit said.
When Weems arrived to assist, Churchill attacked him, the affidavit alleged.
At the time, Churchill was serving a five-year prison term from Oklahoma County for cocaine, marijuana and firearm possession and unauthorized use of a vehicle, to be followed by five years of probation, state DOC records show.
Churchill also has prior convictions for forgery, concealing stolen property and passing bogus checks, all in Oklahoma County in 2002, court records show.