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On Wednesday, August 9, 2017, at about 1920 hours, a Correctional Deputy Dillon Huffman was assigned to work in a Maximum Security Housing Unit. While conducting his routine cell checks on the 2nd tier he was lured into a cell which housed two inmates, Lorence Bailey and Jonah Little.
When Deputy Huffman opened the cell door and partially stepped inside he was savagely attacked by the two inmates. As Deputy Huffman backed out of the cell and attempted to defend himself, the inmates began punching Huffman in the face and body. During the assault, Deputy Huffman was able to broadcast enough radio traffic to alert other Correctional Deputies of the assault in progress. Deputy Huffman proceeded to fight for his life for approximately 34 seconds until backup arrived.
Once responding deputies arrived in the housing unit both inmates immediately laid on the ground and surrendered. They were taken into secure custody where they face a disciplinary hearing for their violent behavior. The Sheriff’s office will seek that both Baily and Little be charged with assault on a correctional deputy causing injury. Deputy Huffman was taken to St. Joseph Hospital where he was treated and released for numerous contusions and abrasions from the assault Deputy Huffman is expected to make a full recovery from his injuries.
Below are the names of the inmates, and what charges were filed with the District Attorney’s Office.
BAILEY, Lorence Emmanuel:
PC 243 C (1)
PC 1203.2 A (2)
PC 12022.7 A
PC 186.22 B (1)
Current In-Custody Charges:
PC 187 (a)
PC 12022 (b)(1)
PC 12022.53 (d)
PC 240/ 242
LITTLE, Jonah Dale:
Anyone with information for the Sheriff’s Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office at 707-445-
William Honsal, SHERIFF
Humboldt County Sheriffs Office