Inmate from Sacramento accused of attacking sergeant at Susanville prison

A man who pleaded guilty in the 1992 slaying of a teenager in south Sacramento is accused of assaulting a sergeant Monday night at High Desert State Prison in Susanville.

The assault occurred at 6 p.m. after staff members had completed a clothed body search of inmate Bernard L. Wildee, according to a state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation news release. Staff members reported finding contraband and Wildee was ordered to allow himself to be handcuffed, but he instead repeatedly struck a correctional sergeant in the face and head, officials said.

Two other staff members also were taken to a local hospital for treatment.

The sergeant, who has been with the department nearly 17 years, suffered a concussion, cuts to his right eye and bruises to his face. He was reported recovering at home.

A correctional officer who sought to stop Wildee’s attack was treated for injuries to his right knee and right hand, and has returned to work, officials said.

Wildee, 39, is serving a 26-year-to-life sentence after being convicted in Sacramento County of being a felon in possession of a firearm, his third strike. He previously had been committed for voluntary manslaughter and assault with a deadly weapon in the 1992 slaying of 19-year-old James K. Layton on Mandy Drive in south Sacramento.

Prison authorities said Wildee has been transferred to the administrative segregation unit at the California Correctional Center in Susanville pending investigation of Monday’s alleged assault. The incident is being investigated by the prison’s Investigative Services Unit and will be referred to the Lassen County District Attorney’s Office.

– Cathy Locke