Iowa Prison Guard Recovering After Inmate Attack

An aerial view of the Iowa State Penitentiary in Fort Madison, Iowa. (AP Photo/The Hawk Eye, John Gaines)

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By Richard Pratt

FORT MADISON (AP) — Authorities say a prison guard at the Iowa State Penitentiary is recovering after being attacked by an inmate.

Officials say the incident happened last Thursday as guards were taking inmates from the dining area back to the living quarters at the prison in Fort Madison.

Corrections department spokesman Fred Scaletta said Sunday that the female guard suffered facial abrasions. Her name was not released, but Scaletta says she is a good health.

Scaletta says the inmate, Dennis Manchester, allegedly turned and attacked the correctional officer. The guard was taken to a hospital and later released.

Manchester began serving a 10-year sentence in 2004 for second-degree robbery in Pottawattamie County.

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