Press-Republican

January 30, 2013

Three Franklin Correctional officers assaulted in two days

By FELICIA KRIEG
Press-Republican

---- — MALONE — Three correction officers were injured in two days due to being assaulted by inmates at Franklin Correctional Facility earlier this month.

On Jan. 15, inmate Richard Hein, 53, became agitated during a routine pat-down and punched one correction officer in the face, continuing to struggle with him as a second officer intervened, according to a New York State Correctional Officers & Police Benevolent Association press release.

New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision spokeswoman Linda Foglia said the officers involved were Hughes and Pulsifer, declining to release their first names.

Both officers sustained minor injures and were taken by state van to Alice Hyde Medical Center for evaluation, Foglia said. They have since returned to work.

Hein’s departmental discipline is pending, Foglia said. He was charged with assault on staff, violent conduct, creating a disturbance, refusing a direct order and failure to comply with search/frisk procedures.

Hein is serving 30 years to life for an attempted-murder conviction in Westchester County, Foglia said.

He has a parole hearing scheduled for 2015.

On the DOCCS website, Hein is also listed as being convicted of first-degree robbery, first-degree criminal use of firearms and first-degree assault, all felonies.

SECOND ASSAULT

The next day, Michael Mardino, 25, pushed and punched a correction officer, knocking him to the floor after the officer intervened to stop the inmate from arguing with a counselor, NYSCOPBA said.

Foglia would identify the officer only as by his last name: Vanier.

Vanier sustained minor injuries, including swelling and redness, and was taken by personal vehicle for outside medical evaluation, Foglia said. He is expected to return to work Monday.

Mardino’s departmental charges are for violent conduct, assault on staff, refusing a direct order, creating a disturbance, harassment and interference.

Mardino is serving two to four years for grand larceny out of Ulster County and has a parole hearing scheduled for March, Foglia said.

With a population of approximately 1,700 inmates, Franklin Correctional Facility had only eight incidences of assault on officers in 2012, Foglia noted.

Email Felicia Krieg: fkrieg@pressrepublican.com