Inmate charged with assault on medical professional at Springfield prison

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SPRINGFIELD — A 28-year-old inmate at Southern State Correctional Facility is facing multiple charges following an incident in Springfield.

Authorities say they completed an investigation into an assault on a medical professional by Cory Munger, of Springfield, at around 9:30 a.m.

According to the investigative findings, Munger was receiving assistance from Clinical Case Manager Lorene Gendron, 62, at about 9:30 a.m.

Police say he placed her in a choke hold, struck her in the head, and held a pen to her throat.

Correctional officers immediately intervened, deploying OC spray and taking Munger to the ground.

During the incident, Gendron also was knocked to the ground and sustained injuries including a concussion.

Munger initially was taken into custody and held without bail on Aug. 22 at Southern State on multiple charges including assault and robbery with a weapon, vehicle operation with reckless or gross negligence, and violating an abuse prevention order.

He has since been transferred to Northwest State Correctional Facility in St. Albans.

Following the investigation into the Aug. 24 incident, Munger was cited yesterday on charges of aggravated assault, unlawful restraint, and assault on a protected professional.

He was ordered held without bail pending arraignment on the new charges, scheduled for today in the Criminal Division of Vermont Superior Court in White River Junction.

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