Prison guard hospitalized after being shanked in face

Colby Mask. Photo Source: TDCJ
Colby Mask. Photo Source: TDCJ

By Jena Johnson - email

LOVELADY, TX (KTRE) - A state prison guard is being treated for serious facial injuries following an attack Friday afternoon at Eastham State Prison near Lovelady.

According to Texas Department of Criminal Justice spokesman Jason Clark, an inmate from Angelina County, Colby Mask, 29, attacked Corrections Officer Ken Klegg, 30, with a homemade knife while inmates were walking to their housing units around 4:35 p.m. Friday.

"Officer Klegg was standing near the gate line door when Mask attacked his face," Clark said.

Clark said a second officer intervened and sprayed Mask with a chemical agent.

According to Clark, Klegg suffered serious injuries to his face. He was rushed to a local hospital, then transferred to Hermann Memorial Hospital in Houston Friday night. Over the weekend, Clark said Klegg underwent a surgery.

According to Clark, Klegg is still in the hospital.

Klegg began his employment on April 22, following a training period.

Clark said Mask is currently housed in solitary confinement in a pre-hearing detention unit.

Mask is serving a 30-year sentence for two counts of aggravated assault in Angelina County. He was transferred to the prison on Jan. 12.

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