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TOCI inmate sentenced to 8 years for prison guard assault

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The Toledo Correctional inmate who pleaded guilty to assaulting a prison guard in November was back in court on Thursday.

Judge Ruth Ann Franks sentenced 28-year-old Marquise Perry to eight more years behind bars.

13abc's Christine Long reports from the Lucas County Courtroom where the victim Sarah Roggelin spoke out.  Prosecutors say Roggelin is lucky to be alive.

"He has a disturbing, violent history of offenses," says Judge Ruth Ann Franks as she handed down the maximum sentence for felonious assault to TOCI inmate Marquise Perry.

He'll serve eight years on top of time he's already serving for involuntary manslaughter, attempted murder, and other felony charges.  Seven of those happened while Perry was in prison.  The judge also says, "The same day he entered this plea, there was a violent assault by the defendant against another inmate in the County Jail. He also assaulted another guard in the County Jail."

In this latest conviction, police say Perry approached the corrections officer on a stairwell in November and punched her.

When the prison guard fell backward, Perry stood over her body and delivered 17 closed fist punches.

"Inmate Perry assaulted me because he didn't like how I was doing my job," says Sarah Roggelin. "I didn't let him get away with his constant infractions. I didn't let him run the pod how he wanted."

Roggelin, the corrections officer who has been on medical leave since the attack, told the Judge she doesn't remember anything after the first punch.  She spoke about waking up in the ICU and her ongoing health issues.

"I treated you, Perry, with respect and dignity that any human would expect," says Roggelin. " Inmate Perry, you're a coward."

When Perry's attorney objected to her statement, the inmate spoke out.

"Let her finish," said Perry.

As guards led Perry out of the courtroom, he had final words for the prison guard.

"#### won't change," says Perry. "I won't break for nothing."

"Quite frankly, this is one of the most vicious attacks I've seen inside or outside of a prison institution and I'm glad we got such a good result for the victim here and that she won't ever have to see him again," says Assistant Lucas County Prosecutor Lindsay Navarre.

Prosecutors say Perry has been in jail or prison since he was 16 years old.

 

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