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County inmate throws tantrum, spits on corrections officer when he can’t call his mother; now he’s going to prison

Published: Tuesday, March 06, 2018 @ 5:42 PM
By: Nancy Bowman - Contributing Writer

TROY - A Piqua man who a judge said threw a tantrum, flooded his cell and assaulted correction officers when he couldn't call his mother from the Miami County Jail was sentenced to two years in prison Tuesday, March 6. 

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Tommy Arnett, 32, was sentenced in county Common Pleas Court by Judge Christopher Gee. Arnett was charged with one felony of assault of a correction officer and two felonies of harassment by an inmate in the Nov. 6, 2016, incident. A jury found him guilty of all three charges following a trial last week. 

Gee said Arnett assaulted one correction officer by striking him in the face before spitting on one officer and attempting to spit on another. 

The judge said Arnett continued to show a lack of remorse, including during the Tuesday hearing when he challenged the verdict, saying it wasn't fair because a juror was from the same town as the county prosecutor. 

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Gee said the correction officers have the least desirable job in law enforcement because they care daily for a full spectrum of offenders. "When you assaulted ... you struck at the ability of the criminal justice system to perform an essential part of its duties," Gee said. 

He sentenced Arnett to one-year terms on each of the three charges ordering him to serve the assault and one of the harassment sentences consecutively and the second harassment sentence concurrent to the other terms. Arnett also was ordered to pay court costs. He will receive credit for 62 days services in the county jail.