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Inmate attacks, injures 2 visitors at Mesa County jail

Inmate attacks, injures 2 visitors at Mesa County jail
Posted at 12:50 PM, Nov 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-20 14:50:07-05

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — Officials say two Mesa County jail visitors were hospitalized after being attacked by an inmate.

The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel reports sheriff's spokeswoman Megan Terlecky says inmate Zeth Phillips is facing several new charges after allegedly attacking two professional visitors Monday in an interview room.

Terlecky wrote in an email that detention deputies immediately intervened, but not before the two people were injured.

Terlecky says the visitors' injuries are not expected to be life-threatening.

Terlecky declined to identify the people attacked, but wrote that professional visitors include attorneys, law enforcement officers, probation officers, parole officers, counselors and medical or mental health staff.

Phillips is facing a felony count of first-degree assault with injury and misdemeanor counts of assault and criminal mischief.

Phillips already was facing a second-degree assault charge in connection with a June altercation that left his father badly beaten.

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Information from: The Daily Sentinel, http://www.gjsentinel.com