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SCI Pine Grove Inmate Convicted of Assaulting Corrections Officer

INDIANA CO., Pa. – An inmate at SCI Pine Grove has been convicted of assaulting a corrections officer and was sentenced to additional time in prison.

Indiana County District Attorney Bob Manzi announced on Thursday that Jason Hinshaw was found guilty at trial of Aggravated Assault, graded as a Felony of the Second Degree.

Hinshaw was serving a sentence at the state correctional institute Pine Grove on February 6, 2020. It was discovered that Hinshaw had an electronic tablet that did not belong to him. Hinshaw made threats towards the Corrections Officer when confronted and it became necessary to restrain him. During that interaction, Hinshaw kicked the Corrections Officer in the back, attempting to cause him injury.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Westrick and investigated by the Pennsylvania State Police, Troop A, Indiana.

“When our Courts find it necessary that a defendant be imprisoned for community protection, it is our Corrections Officers who diligently serve to provide that community protection. They work each and every day of the year with dangerous individuals in a difficult environment. It is vitally important that our criminal justice system stand up for these Officers when an inmate assaults them” said Manzi.

Hinshaw was sentenced to serve 15 months to seven years in a State Correctional Institution by the Honorable Judge Michael T. Clark. This sentence was within the Pennsylvania Sentencing Guideline range.

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