Spitting nets inmate longer prison term

CLEARFIELD — A Houtzdale prison inmate will serve additional time for assaulting a prison employee.

Jamie Vega Jr., 39, pleaded guilty to aggravated harassment by prisoner, a third-degree felony, during sentencing court Tuesday in Clearfield County.

He was sentenced by Judge Fredric J. Ammerman to 30 to 60 months in prison. This new sentence will run consecutive to his current sentence.

Vega was charged after an incident Feb. 15 at the prison when he became angry because an employee changed the television channel.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, the victim said she was assigned to teach in Vega’s block that day. She passed out a crossword puzzle to the students and changed the channel on the television.

Vega was mad and threatened to hurt the victim. The victim then asked a guard remove Vega.

Before that happened, the victim went to a student who was seated behind Vega to answer a question about the puzzle.

Vega then turned around, stood up and spit directly in the face of the victim.

Surveillance video

captured that assault.