Canie Griffith

Canie Griffith. Tuesday, May 22, 2018. Submitted photo/ The Tribune-Democrat, Johnstown, Pa.

SOMERSET – A former inmate at the State Correctional Institution at Somerset was sentenced in Somerset County court on Tuesday to 35 months to 10 years in prison for assaulting a corrections officer.

President Judge D. Gregory Geary imposed the sentence on Canie Griffith, 30, of Philadelphia, for the May 22 assault.

Griffith pleaded guilty to assault by a prisoner.

State police in Somerset said Griffith struck the guard three times with a Master Lock padlock, sending the corrections officer to the hospital with a brain bleed. He was later released from the hospital.

The attack happened while the corrections officer was sitting at a desk in one of the prison's housing units.

This attack was one of several this year at SCI-Somerset, including the fatal assault on corrections officer Mark Baserman in February.

In August, the state Department of Corrections moved SCI-Somerset superintendent Melissa Hainsworth to nearby SCI-Laurel Highlands and replaced her with former SCI-Smithfield superintendent Eric Tice.

Online court records show that Griffith was serving an 18- to 36-year sentence after pleading guilty in 2016 to robbery, burglary, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and possessing an instrument of crime. All of those charges are related to an incident in October 2015 in Philadelphia.

Griffith is now being held in SCI-Smithfield in Huntingdon County.

Charges of aggravated assault and simple assault were withdrawn.

Patrick Buchnowski is a reporter for The Tribune-Democrat. He can be reached at 532-5061. Follow him on Twitter @PatBuchnowskiTD.