Assault Charges Filed After Prison Door Mistakenly Opened

TECUMSEH – Tecumseh State Prison inmate Benjamin Gonzalez is charged in Johnson County of assault on a prison officer on March 21 after a door was mistakenly opened.

The Nebraska Department of Corrections issued a press release saying two inmates assaulted a staff member. When the officer was escorting an inmate back to his cell, the wrong door was mistakenly opened and the second inmate, armed with a homemade weapon, stabbed the staff member multiple times.

Three additional staff members secured the inmates. The staff member received stitches at the Johnson County Hospital.

Gonzalez, 26, is charged with assault on an officer and possession of a weapon.

Gonzalez is serving a 12 year sentence for assault in Platte County. He is scheduled for a parole hearing in 2020.