Preliminary hearing set for Benner state prison inmate

An inmate at Benner state prison is facing numerous assault charges after an incident in February sent a corrections officer to the hospital to be treated for multiple injuries.

According to an affidavit, Jesse Collin Day, 22, was found hanging in his cell from a bed sheet tied to his bunk when three corrections officers entered his cell on Feb. 22.

According to court documents, Day told police that “he began to slip out of consciousness and felt someone touch him so he clenched his fist and swung it.”

Day told police he hanged himself to get attention, because he believed his requests for a new cell mate were ignored, according to the affidavit.

One officer sustained injuries including multiple fractures to his nose, a closed left maxillary fracture, a concussion and acute cervical pain.

Bail was set at $25,000. However, because Day is already an inmate facing another sentence, he will remain at the prison until his preliminary hearing, which is scheduled for May 18.