A 23-year-old inmate is accused of spitting blood in the face of a Columbia Correctional Institution employee and now faces up to seven years in prison for felony assault.
Chad Bevan is scheduled to make an initial appearance Nov. 27 in Columbia County Circuit Court on a felony charge of prisoner assault as a repeated offense, for a July 23 incident.
According to the criminal complaint, Bevan told a correctional officer he believed he had contracted methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus and that he wanted to speak to the unit sergeant and health services worker. Bevan was holding open the “trap door” to his cell when the correctional officer told Bevan to stop doing that. Bevan refused, telling the correctional officer that he was going to spit on him as the correctional officer attempted to exit the area. The inmate then placed his face against the cell door and spit blood on the correctional officer.
The blood made contact with the correctional officer’s upper body, legs, waist and the skin of his right forearm, the complaint states.
The felony prisoner assault charge includes a possible prison sentence of up to three years but an additional four years could be tacked on because of Bevan’s past felony convictions.
In 2014, Bevan was convicted in Juneau County of felony bail jumping, burglary and criminal damage to property, according to online court records.