Inmate sentenced in officer assault


An Oak Park Heights inmate was sentenced to an additional 98 months in prison on July 2 after he pleaded guilty to three felony counts — assault in the first degree, assault in the second degree, and assault in the fourth degree — after an incident in the prison kitchen.

Derrick Delmar Brocks, 40, was sentenced to a total of 98 months in prison consecutive to his current life sentence for his assaults on six correctional officers on Jan. 30, 2014.

According to the criminal complaint, Brocks became angered at a scheduling change that affected his recreational time at the prison. He engaged the lieutenant in a heated exchange about it and assaulted her, knocking out several teeth and causing permanent nerve damage. Other correctional officers came to her aid. Brocks continued his assault, causing one officer to suffer a severe knee injury, while three others received minor injuries prior to subduing Brocks.

Washington County Attorney Pete Orput served as prosecutor. “Correctional officers in our prison system have a difficult enough job without having to deal with such violence as exhibited here,” Orput said in a written statement. “My office will make certain that a message is sent that correctional officers deserve the same protection from the criminal justice system as any civilian on the street. That
message is also sent to those inmates who believe that their current sentence makes them immune from further punishment.”

Brocks is serving a life sentence at the Oak Park Heights facility following a 1997 conviction of first-degree murder. Sentencing was handed down by Washington County District Judge Richard Ilkka.