Assault on IDOC inmate leads to felony charges

May 9, 2013 

An Idaho Department of Corrections inmate was charged Wednesday in connection with a New Year’s Eve attack on a fellow inmate.

The victim was talking on the phone last December when Rick Lee Sykes, 34, walked up to him and began punching him in the head, investigators said. Sykes hit the inmate about a dozen times, knocking him unconscious after the first few blows, according to reports.

The other man appeared surprised by the attack and did not fight back. A prison official was able to stop the assault shortly after it began. The other inmate needed stitches to his nose, eyebrows and lip.

Sykes was moved from the prison to the Ada County Jail so that he could be charged with felony aggravated assault.

Sykes is currently serving a three- to seven-year sentence for a March 2008 attempted strangulation charge and a two- to six-year sentence for an October 2008 aggravated assault charge.

He also has past convictions for domestic violence and battery.

If convicted in the attack against the inmate, Sykes would face a sentence of up to five years in prison.

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