RJ Donovan State Prison. Photo courtesy of the CDCR

Two prison officers assigned to Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility were recovering Thursday from an inmate assault similar to one that took place at the Otay Mesa penitentiary last week, officials reported.

Shortly after 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, convict Michael Stevens, 58, allegedly struck one of the guards in the face, knocking him to the ground, then attacked the other, beating him unconscious, prison spokesman Philip Bracamonte said.

Additional officers responded to the disturbance and subdued Stevens.

The injured officers were taken to an outside hospital, where they were treated and released. Both were expected to recover.

The alleged assailant was treated by medical staff at the prison for minor injuries, then rehoused in a segregation unit pending completion of an investigation into the incident..

Stevens was admitted to state prison in April 2001 from Los Angeles County with a 10-year sentence for assault with a deadly weapon. During his incarceration, he received a life-with-parole sentence from Kern County for battery on a peace officer and other offenses committed while in prison, Bracamonte said.

Early on the evening of Feb. 2, Donovan inmate Timothy Green, 55, allegedly hit a guard in the face, knocking him out.

A correctional lieutenant intervened to detain Green, who responded by head-butting him in the face, according to Bracamonte. A third officer then entered the fray and helped the lieutenant subdue and restrain the inmate.

Both assaulted officers were treated for minor injuries.

Green was sent to state prison in March 1988 out of Los Angeles County with a 15-years-to-life sentence for second-degree murder.

In 1991 and 2014, he was ordered to serve two additional two-year terms for assaults on peace officers.

–City News Service

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