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Inmate gets more time for assault

Capers seriously injured officer at SCI Houtzdale

CLEARFIELD — A former inmate of the State Correctional Institution at Houtzdale will serve up to 15 additional years for seriously injuring a corrections officer.

The charges stem from an incident in June when the officer was doing his rounds. The inmate, Dion Capers, 32, came out of his cell and punched him several times as he fought with him, according to officials.

During the fight, the corrections officer fell and hit his head on the floor, knocking him unconscious.

While the officer was lying on the floor, witnesses saw Capers punch the officer two or three more times in the head, according to the affidavit.

Capers then reportedly bragged that he left the man “shaking” and said he had sent him into a seizure “with no weapons.”

Investigators said a video of the incident captured Capers saying that the officer was “bleeding out his head, shaking on the ground like a baby.”

He allegedly went on to say, he could have “held his breath and killed him.”

The officer suffered a traumatic brain injury and a skull fracture, the report said.

In Clearfield County sentencing court on Tuesday, Capers pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and was sentenced by Judge Paul Cherry to an additional 7.5 years to 15 years in state prison.

Online court records indicate that Capers is serving a sentence of 17 to 40 years in state prison for third-degree murder given to him in Philadelphia County in October 2016.

Prior to sentencing, Capers addressed the court, apologizing and saying he has been battling mental health issues including depression and suicidal thoughts most of his adult life.

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