UPDATE: 3 charged with attempted murder following correctional officer attack in Iowa

L to R: Morris, Harris, Galvez

UPDATED December 18th:

Jorge Sanders-Gavez, 23, Earl Booth-Harris, 24, and Bobby Joe Morris, 27, each were charged Monday in Des Moines County District Court with attempted murder and assault on a corrections officer with intent to inflict serious injury, according to The Hawk Eye.

If convicted of the charges, the men each face up to 30 years in prison.

Sanders-Gavez was found guilty of first-degree murder in the shooting death of 16-year-old Kedarie Johnson, which took place in 2016.

Booth-Harris also was sentenced Monday for the first-degree murder in the death of a 24-year-old man in February 2015.


BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) -- Authorities say two eastern Iowa correctional officers were sent to the hospital with injuries after they were attacked by inmates at the Des Moines County Correctional Center.

The Des Moines County sheriff's office says authorities were called to the jail shortly after 4 p.m. Sunday on a report that a correctional officer was pinned down in a maximum security area for male inmates.

Authorities say the unidentified correctional officer was attacked by three inmates and was later pulled out of the cell by another staff member. The officer was admitted to a local hospital with unspecified injuries.

Authorities say a second correctional officer was also taken to the hospital for injuries sustained in the attack. The entire jail remains on lockdown.


Des Moines County Sheriff Mike Johnstone sent the following release:

On 12/10/17 at approximately 4:08 pm the Des Moines County Sheriff’s Office, Burlington Police Department and the West Burlington Police Department were all dispatched to the Des Moines County Correctional Center for a Correctional Officer that was pinned down in the Male Max area of the jail being assaulted by inmates.

The correctional officer was brutally attacked by three inmates, and after a short time was pulled out of the cell by other assisting correctional staff. The Officer was transported to Great River Medical Center where he was treated and admitted for injuries. A second Correctional Officer was also injured in the attack and was also transported to GRMC for injuries sustained in the attack.

The Corrections staff were conducting a search of the Male Max area because they received information that the inmates were making homemade “Hooch”. The Corrections staff did locate the mixture in one of the inmate cells and were attempting to evacuate the area to do a complete search of the individual Male Max cells.

During this transition, two inmates, Earl Riley Booth-Harris age 24, and Jorge Luis Sanders-Galvez, age 23, brutally attacked one of the correctional staff inside the Male Max area, a third inmate, Bobby Joe Morris, age 26, assisted in the assault by preventing other correctional staff from intervening and entering the Male Max area.

All three inmates have been removed from the Des Moines County Correctional Facility, Earl Booth-Harris and Jorge Sanders-Galvez have been temporarily moved to the Iowa State Penitentiary in Ft. Madison, IA, and Bobby Joe Morris has been transported to the Oakdale Classification Center in Oakdale Iowa.

Earl Booth-Harris was recently convicted of Murder in the 1st Degree for the murder of Deonte Carter. Jorge Sanders-Galvez was recently convicted of Murder in the 1st Degree for the murder of Kedarie Johnson. Both were awaiting sentencing on these convictions. Bobby Joe Morris had been convicted on Ongoing Criminal Conduct and two counts of Robbery in the 2nd Degree in reference to the 2017 multiple armed robberies of Iowa Fertilizer Plant workers.

The incident is being investigated by the Division of Criminal Investigation, and the Des Moines County Sheriff’s Office.

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