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Defendant: John Wooten (DOB 08/28/81)

Nov. 14, 2018 -- Westchester County District Attorney Anthony A. Scarpino, Jr. announced John Wooten, an inmate at the Westchester County jail, was sentenced to seven years in state prison on two counts of Assault in the Second Degree, class D felonies.

He pleaded guilty Oct. 11, 2018 to assaulting two Westchester County Correction Officers, one in December 2017 and one in January 2018.

At the time, Wooten was being held at the Westchester County Jail on a charge of Criminal Mischief, a class E felony, for an incident committed at 25 Operations Drive, Mount Pleasant, Dec. 19, 2017.

Following the October guilty plea, DA Scarpino said: “Corrections Officers do a dangerous and important job. They should know that any attack on any one of them within the County Jail will be prosecuted and we will see that justice is done.”

Westchester Department of Correction Commissioner Joseph K. Spano stated: “Today’s plea sends a strong message -- assaulting any member of our correctional staff is unacceptable and will be dealt with swiftly. It will also carry serious consequences, including a lengthy prison sentence. Further, the handling of these two assaults on correction officers demonstrates the continued collaboration between all sectors of Westchester’s law enforcement community.”

Assistant District Attorney Nadine Nagler, Chief of the Narcotics and Firearms Bureau, prosecuted the case

police photo of John Wooten

John Wooten

 In compliance with the Rules of Professional Conduct, Rule 3.6, you are advised that a charge is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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