Inmate sentenced for fracturing back of county prison guard

By Patrick Kernan - [email protected]
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WILKES-BARRE — A woman who pleaded guilty to causing a fracture in a Luzerne County prison guard’s back must spend at least two years behind bars.

Kassandra Lee Martin, 37, of Vandling, Lackawanna County, was sentenced to 12 to 24 months in prison on a count of aggravated assault, which will be followed by an identical term for possession of a controlled substance as an inmate.

She also faces six months of probation for a charge of resisting arrest. But that will be served consecutively, or at the same time, as her prison term for the second count.

The sentence was handed down by Luzerne County Judge David W. Lupas after Martin entered guilty pleas on the three charges in early April.

Martin was accused of slamming Lt. Sherry Souchick to the ground while she was being searched for contraband after she was spotted trying to push something into a body cavity in her cell.

Souchick suffered a back injury that was later diagnosed as a fracture to her second lumbar disc.

Lupas gave Martin nearly nine months credit for time served, but her new terms will not start until the completion of her previous sentences.

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By Patrick Kernan

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