Inmate gets 35 more years for attacking prison counselor

An inmate at the Pendleton Correctional Facility has been sentenced to 35 additional years behind bars for an attack that seriously injured a prison counselor.

A jury convicted 30-year-old Josiah Boyd in August of attempted murder in the June 2016 attack on Jerry Hooley.

A Madison County judge sentenced Boyd on Wednesday after the victim’s wife, Janine Hooley, testified that her husband hasn’t been the same since the attack left him hospitalized.

Boyd was serving a 20-year sentence for a Lake County attempted murder conviction when he attacked Hooley after learning his name wasn’t on a class list for an education program.

The Herald Bulletin of Anderson reported Boyd went behind Hooley’s office desk, placed him in a chokehold and began punching Hooley in the head.

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