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Union official: Guard attacked at Illinois prison

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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.

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