Holman officer stabbed

Published 12:02 am Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Inmate charged with attempted murder

A correctional officer at William C. Holman Correctional facility was stabbed during an assault by an inmate last Thursday, according to Alabama Department of Corrections officials.

The stabbing happened at 12:35 p.m. in the facility’s dining hall during the noon meal, according to the ADOC.

“Prison officials report(ed) the inmate assaulted and stabbed the officer in retaliation for being denied an extra trey of food,” ADOC Public Information Manager Bob Horton said. “Correctional officers responded to the incident, and were able to constrain the inmate and give aid to the injured officer.”

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Horton said the officer was airlifted to an off-site hospital, where the officer’s condition continues to improve as of Tuesday.

“Cleveland Cunningham was detained as a suspect in the stabbing,” Horton said. “Cunningham is serving a 20-year sentence on a 2013 first-degree robbery conviction in Baldwin County. The inmate was segregated from general population without further incident.”

No other inmates were involved in the stabbing, Horton said.

The facility was placed on lockdown while ADOC officials investigated the incident.

The ADOC has not release the name of the officer to protect the privacy of the officer and his family, Horton said.

Cunningham has been charged with attempted murder, and the ADOC expects he will be arraigned in the next 14 days, Horton said.