Hickman pleads guilty to assault charges
A Pittsburgh man who wound up in the Warren County Jail via SCI Forest pled guilty to assaulting a prisoner on Thursday.
President Judge Maureen Skerda took the plea from Jemiere, R. Hickman, 30, of Pittsburgh.
He pled to a felony count of assault by prisoner and a count of simple assault.
Charges including aggravated assault, simple assault and three counts of recklessly endangering another person were not prosecuted.
According to the affidavit of probable cause, City of Warren police were dispatched to the jail for a report of an assault “that occurred on an inmate housed in that facility.”
Police said in the affidavit that Hickman was being transferred to Allegheny County and “was in the process of getting ready to leave” when police asked him what happened.
Hickman “stated he had nothing to say…. (H)e stated that he was at the jail for stabbing someone in Forest County and he then stated he was done talking.”
Police then spoke with a corrections officer who had been taken to Warren General Hospital for treatment stemming from this incident.
The officer said staff commanded the inmates to lock down and “attempted to separate (Hickman) from the victim, who was shoved in a corner and being struck repeatedly by (Hickman).”
In attempting to remove Hickman, police said, the corrections officer was“struck multiple times by (Hickman) in the face and twisted his knee during the melee.”
Police spoke with the victim who said that Hickman “was shouting something at him and when the victim told him to mind his own business (Hickman) charges at him and struck him repeatedly.”
The victim told police he “attempted to defend himself” but Hickman “was much larger and pummelled the victim.”
Police say the victim “sustained numerous injuries to the face and head including a laceration to the right side of the head, at least four broken ribs and a collapsed lung.”