(Stillwater, Okla.) — A felony charge accusing a former Cushing prison inmate of punching a supervisor at the Cimarron Correctional Facility in the face in 2007 was dropped Friday.
Jerry Churchill, 35, was sent back to prison seven months ago from Oklahoma County when his probation was revoked there, state Department of Corrections records show.
Three years ago when the Cushing prison supervisor was allegedly attacked, 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 — now revoked, DOC records show.
If Churchill had been convicted of hitting Cimarron Correctional Facility shift supervisor Dennis Weems in the face with a closed fist in 2007, Churchill could have been given 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 discussing an earlier incident with another staffer, Cimarron Correctional Facility investigator Marty Garrison wrote in an affidavit.
“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.
Churchill also has prior convictions for forgery, concealing stolen property and passing bogus checks, all in Oklahoma County in 2002, court records show.