Three Prisoners Arrested In Separate Garner Incidents

State police report arrests of three inmates recently in separate incidents at the state’s high-security Garner Correctional Institution at 50 Nunnawauk Road, off Wasserman Way.

State police report that at about 11:45 am on March 22, they received a report from Garner that during a routine inspection, a homemade weapon was found within an inmate’s cell.

State police attached to Troop A in Southbury responded to the prison to investigate, after which they charged prisoner Christopher Burgos, 21, of West Hartford with possession of a weapon in a correctional institution and with failure to submit to fingerprinting.

Burgos is being held at Garner on $2.2 million bail while awaiting trial in several criminal cases. The controlling charge against him is first-degree sexual assault.

In another case, at about 10:44 am on March 21, state police were alerted of a violent incident at Garner.

State police said that while prisoner Mark Anthony Smith, 49, was being transferred, Smith spat upon a 36-year-old male correction officer.

State police arrested Smith on charges of assault on public safety personnel and failure to submit to fingerprinting. The assault charge is a felony.

Smith was arraigned on the charges on March 22 in Danbury Superior Court. He pleaded not guilty to both charges and is scheduled to return to court on April 5.

Smith is serving a one-year sentence in Garner on a conspiracy conviction.

Also, state police received a call from Garner about 10 pm on March 18, reporting that an inmate had assaulted a 44-year-old male correction officer.

After investigating, state police said they charged inmate Saykhem Chea, 25, with assault on public safety personnel.

At his March 19 arraignment, Chea pleaded not guilty. He is scheduled to return to court on April 8. Chea is serving an 18-month sentence in Garner on a conviction for criminal violation of a protective order.

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