Mohawk prison inmate pleads guilty to attack on guard


An inmate at the Mohawk Correctional Facility pleaded guilty in County Court to attacking a corrections officer.

Jason Melendez, 34, pleaded guilty in County Court to assault, authorities said. He has been sentenced 1 1/2 to three years in state prison, which will run concurrent to his previous sentence.

Authorities said at 8:23 a.m. July 8, Melendez struck a corrections officer several times in the face and head, then continued to struggle when more officers arrived to take him into custody.

Melendez was in prison serving a 15-year sentence out of Orange County from 2008 for criminal possession of a weapon. He is scheduled to release in March 2021.

Following the assault, authorities said Melendez was transferred to a different prison.


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