By Patti Weaver
(Stillwater, Okla.) — A convicted murderer serving life in prison without parole has admitted that he punched a female guard while he was being held at the Cimarron Correctional Facility in Cushing on March 31, 2019.
In a plea bargain with the prosecution on Friday, William Kimble, 41, was given two years’ incarceration consecutive to the murder sentence he was already serving, now at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester.
The victim, who was a case manager at the private prison in Cushing, received a broken nose and severe lacerations, according to court records.
Kimble was 19 and living in Fort Smith, Ark., when he was charged with first-degree murder in Leflore County, Ok., in 1999, court records show.
Kimble was 21 when he was convicted by a Leflore County jury and given life in prison without parole in 2001, which was affirmed by the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals in 2002, court records show.
Before Kimble was transferred from the Cushing private prison to the state penitentiary in McAlester, he apologized to his victim, according to an affidavit.
Addressing her, he wrote, “I know this is not going to change my circumstances in any way and I deserved to get whatever is coming to me. But I do apologize for putting my hands on you. You did not deserve that, so I am sorry as can be for doing that to you. You don’t have to forgive me, but before I leave this facility, I wanted to say that to you.
“I had issues and I blacked out again taking my problems out on you. I’m sorry. Sincerely, Will Kimble.”
The victim wrote in a statement that at 10:12 am on March 31, 2019, while she was a case manager “I entered Delta North pod. Upon entering the pod, I was approached by inmate William Kimble. I turned away and walked towards the back of the pod to speak with (another corrections officer) and before I could get a word out, I was struck in the face.
“I do not remember after that I was escorted from Delta Unit to Cushing Emergency Room where I received seven stitches to my bottom lip and other medical assistance.”
The victim had “lacerations to her inside lip on the far right side, dried blood on top of her head, along with a possible laceration, a swollen nose that appeared to be abnormally big and possibly broken, blood dripping from her nose all the way to the left side of her lip and cheek,” an affidavit said.
The maximum penalty for the attack was life in prison, which Kimble was already serving for murder, court records show.