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Corrections Officer Assaulted By Inmate At Orange County Jail

Joseph James, 45, of Montgomery is accused of assaulting a corrections officer at Orange County Jail in Goshen, N.Y.
Joseph James, 45, of Montgomery is accused of assaulting a corrections officer at Orange County Jail in Goshen, N.Y. Photo Credit: Orange County Sheriff's Office

GOSHEN, N.Y. -- A 45-year-old inmate at Orange County Jail has been charged with felony assault after attacking a corrections officer, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Office.

Joseph James of Montgomery also was charged with criminal obstruction of breathing, and obstruction of governmental administration for fighting as he was being booked into jail on Wednesday, a Sheriff's Office spokesman said. James was being jailed on a burglary charge.

James grabbed the officer by the throat, a struggle ensued and other officers assisted in restraining and placing James in handcuffs, according to Captain Scott K. Hamill, a spokesman for the Sheriff's Office.

The first corrections officer was treated and released from Orange Regional Medical Center for cuts and abrasions to his throat area, Hamill said on Friday.

James was arrested on the new charges, arraigned and returned to the Orange County Jail on a $100,000 bond or $50,000 cash bail.

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