WARSAW — Attorneys will be seeking to have a mental health examination done on a former Attica Correctional Facility inmate who allegedly tried to murder an officer in October.
Theodore Brown, 45, was indicted last week in Wyoming County Court.
A grand jury charged Brown with attempted aggravated murder of an officer, aggravated assault of an officer with a deadly weapon and two counts of promoting prison contraband.
District Attorney Donald O’Geen said a not guilty plea was entered for Brown and a mental health exam is likely to be conducted.
Brown, who is now at Auburn Correctional FacilIty, was serving a life sentence for a 1998 murder, assault and robbery conviction in Suffolk County.
On Oct. 8, Brown used a sharpened metal tube to attack a corrections officer. Brown had just left his D block cell to receive medication when he grabbed the officer’s arm and repeatedly stabbed him in the chest.
Two pens in the officer’s breast pocket saved his life, a spokesman for the officer’s union said at the time.
He said the pen’s blocked the officer’s heart.
The officer was treated at Erie County Medical Center and released.
Brown was taken into custody by other officers, who also found a rusted piece of jagged metal about 14 inches long in his cell. The tube he used to stab the officer was about 5 inches long.
The attack came during a year that saw more attacks on officers than any other year, a trend that union officials say is continuing this year.