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Mt. Pleasant prison guard attacked by inmate

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A prison guard at the Mt. Pleasant Correctional Facility is recovering after being attacked by an inmate.

The Iowa Department of Corrections released information on Tuesday that a guard was attacked by an inmate at around 6:40 a.m. Sunday after telling the inmate to put down food that he wasn't supposed to have.

The inmate has been identified as 24-year-old Darrell Ballard who is serving a prison term for a sex offense conviction from Cerro Gordo County.

The guard, who has not been named, was punched in the stomach and face. He was treated on scene. 

The case will be referred to the Henry County Attorney's Office once the investigation is completed.

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