GENESEO - An inmate at Livingston County Jail is facing a felony assault charge after allegedly attacking another inmate, according to the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office.
Joseph A. Fletcher Jr., 23, of Rochester is accused of attacking the inmate about 3:15 p.m. Sept. 15.
The inmate that was attacked received injuries to his head and torso and was transported to Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester, for treatment of those injuries.
Fletcher was charged with second-degree assault, a Class D felony punishable by up to seven years in prison. The second-degree assault charge is a result of the injuries sustained by the attacked inmate, the Sheriff’s Office.
When a person intentionally causes serious injury to someone, or meets one of more than a dozen conditions, they can be charged with assault in the second degree, according to state penal law.
The law defines serious physical injury as an injuries that creates a substantial risk of death or that caused protracted disfigurement or protracted impairment of health.
Fletcher was also charged with fourth-degree criminal mischief as the attacked inmate’s eyeglasses were broken during the incident, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Fletcher was in jail for burglary and grand larceny charges and a violation of probation. He was turned over to Central Booking deputies at Livingston County Jail for processing and pre-arraignment detention as the offenses did qualify for pre-arraignment detention under the state Justice Reform Act. The District Attorney’s Office requested Fletcher be held on $7,500 cash bail or $15,000 bond due to the felony level charge.
Fletcher was later arraigned at Livingston County Centralized Arraignment Part at Livingston County Jail before Town of West Sparta Justice Sue Mahany, who remanded Fletcher to the custody of the Sheriff on the requested bail.
The investigation was handled by members of the Jail Division, Criminal Investigations Division and Forensic Identification Unit with the investigation under the command of Capt. Brian Applin of the Criminal Investigations Division.