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Inmate sentenced for attack on corrections officers

Source: Rowan Sheriff's Office Source: Rowan Sheriff's Office

Lindsey Lenell Hayes of Reidsville was convicted on Wednesday by a jury in Rowan County Criminal Superior Court of two counts of felony assault with physical injury on a detention employee. 

Following the jury’s guilty verdict, Hayes admitted his status as a habitual felon and Judge Mark Klass sentenced him to a minimum of 45 months to a maximum of 66 months in prison.

On April 1, 2016, officers with the Salisbury Police Department were dispatched to Piedmont Correctional Institution in Salisbury in reference to an assault on two detention officers. 

The two detention officers were working at inmate Hayes’ unit when he became argumentative.  Hayes then punched one of the detention officers in the head, took her to the ground and then kicked her. 

Hayes then punched the other detention officer in the head several times until other detention officers arrived to assist in restraining him. 

Hayes was incarcerated at the prison for a conviction of felony discharging a firearm into occupied property from Rockingham County. 

Hayes had previously been convicted of felony possession with intent to sell/deliver cocaine, felony common law robbery, and felony possession of a firearm by convicted felon, among other convictions. 

Rowan County District Attorney Brandy Cook stated that “she appreciated the joint effort on behalf of Assistant District Attorney Tim Gould and the Salisbury Police Department in holding Hayes accountable for his continued criminal conduct.” 

Cook stated that “her office identified Hayes as a repeat offender at an early stage and his sentence was enhanced accordingly.” 

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