A 27-year-old man who was accused of attacking a guard last year in a federal prison in Kansas has been sentenced to 15 years behind bars, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Kansas.
Richard A. James Jr., 27, pleaded guilty late last year to one count of assaulting a federal officer in Leavenworth.
Court records said James, who was an inmate, had stabbed a unit manager for the U.S. Bureau of Prisons with a sharpened pair of grooming scissors on June 1, 2017.
James told authorities he wanted “a change of scenery” and hoped he would be transferred to a different prison, court records said. At the time, he had more than five months left to serve in connection to a conviction for a 2014 armed robbery in Wisconsin.
A judge ordered James to serve 15 years in federal prison for the assault Wednesday. He was also ordered to pay $18,692 in restitution.