VIENNA-- A union official says an inmate attacked a southern Illinois prison guard, who suffered a broken jaw and needed a dozen stitches.
Jeremy Noelle tells WSIL-TV that the guard was assaulted Friday morning at the Shawnee Correctional Center in Vienna. He likely will need surgery.
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There was no immediate word on charges involving the inmate. WSIL reports it's the fifth time he has assaulted a prison guard while behind bars. One of the attacks was in 1991 and the other three in 2011.
WSIL says the inmate now has been relocated to the maximum-security Menard Correctional Center near Chester.
Noelle says the guard was released from the hospital later Friday.
A message seeking comment was left Monday with the Illinois Department of Corrections.