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Man serving life accused of assaulting correctional officers, fellow inmate with padlock

Clark Jackson Cleveland is serving life without parole.
Clark Jackson Cleveland is serving life without parole.

A state inmate is accused of assaulting three correctional officers and a fellow inmate Thursday morning after wrapping a padlock in a T-shirt at the Idaho Maximum Security Institution.

The incident happened around 9:30 a.m. in a recreation area at the prison. The officers were injured while attempting to stop the inmate-on-inmate assault.

The inmate responsible for the assault is 32-year-old Clark Jackson Cleveland, according to the Idaho Department of Correction.

Two of the officers and the inmate who was assaulted suffered serious injuries and were taken to a local hospital by ambulance. The third officer suffered less serious injuries and was taken to the hospital in a state vehicle. None of the injuries are life-threatening, officials said.

Cleveland’s criminal record includes convictions in Twin Falls County for aggravated assault, second-degree kidnapping and first-degree murder. He was also convicted of aggravated battery in Ada County for assaulting another inmate at the Idaho State Correctional Institution on Aug. 1, 2016. He is serving a life sentence.

Cleveland was convicted of killing Tracy Ivie, a bystander during a standoff outside a Twin Falls hotel, in 2011. Cleveland fatally shot Ivie and took a woman hostage during the standoff. He also shot Idaho State Police Trooper Nick Walker in the leg, according to the Times-News.

The Ada County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the newest assault.

IMSI, a 549-bed men’s correctional facility south of Boise, has canceled all inmate visiting sessions through Sunday.

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