2014 Wyoming Statutes
TITLE 6 - CRIMES AND OFFENSES
CHAPTER 2 - OFFENSES AGAINST THE PERSON
ARTICLE 5 - ASSAULT AND BATTERY
6-2-508. Assault and battery on corrections or detention officer; penalties; definitions.


WY Stat § 6-2-508 (2014) What's This?

6-2-508. Assault and battery on corrections or detention officer; penalties; definitions.

(a) A person is guilty of assault and battery on a corrections or detention officer if he recklessly:

(i) Propels any dangerous substance at the corrections officer, detention officer or staff member while the corrections officer, detention officer or staff member is acting in the course of his official duty, or as a result of the corrections officer's, detention officer's or staff member's official duties; or

(ii) Tampers with or alters any item by contaminating the item with any dangerous substance, if the item may be handled or consumed by the corrections officer, detention officer or staff member while the corrections officer, detention officer or staff member is acting in the course of his official duty, or as a result of the corrections officer's, detention officer's or staff member's official duties.

(b) A person is guilty of aggravated assault and battery on a corrections or detention officer if he intentionally or knowingly:

(i) Propels any dangerous substance at the corrections officer, detention officer or staff member while the corrections officer, detention officer or staff member is acting in the course of his official duty, or as a result of the corrections officer's, detention officer's or staff member's official duties; or

(ii) Tampers with or alters any item by contaminating the item with any dangerous substance, if the item may be handled or consumed by the corrections officer, detention officer or staff member while the corrections officer, detention officer or staff member is acting in the course of his official duty, or as a result of the corrections officer's, detention officer's or staff member's official duties.

(c) A violation of subsection (a) of this section is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of not more than seven hundred fifty dollars ($750.00), imprisonment for not more than six (6) months, or both.

(d) A violation of subsection (b) of this section is a felony punishable by a fine of not more than five thousand dollars ($5,000.000), imprisonment for not more than five (5) years, or both.

(e) A violation of subsection (b) of this section, by a person who knows he has a contagious life threatening disease and who commits the violation with the intent to infect a corrections officer, detention officer or staff member with the contagious life threatening disease, shall result in the enhancement of the sentence entered under subsection (d) of this section by a period of imprisonment for not more than ten (10) years.

(f) As used in this section:

(i) "Dangerous substance" includes, but is not limited to, blood, urine, saliva, vomitus, semen and feces;

(ii) "Corrections officer" means a person who is employed by the department of corrections and works at a department of corrections facility to care for, supervise and control persons in the custody of the department of corrections;

(iii) "Detention officer" means a person who is employed by a county or municipality to care for, supervise and control persons detained in a jail or holding facility and includes a peace officer in the detention setting;

(iv) "Staff member" means:

(A) A department of corrections staff member, or a person employed pursuant to a contract with the department of corrections, who works with, or in the vicinity of, inmates; and

(B) A volunteer authorized by the department of corrections or other entity in charge of a corrections facility to work with, or in the vicinity of, inmates.

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