December 21, 2014

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Willie Evans embroiled in county jail ruckus

ELYRIA — Willie Evans IV left the county jail on Friday to begin serving his life sentence in prison, but he didn’t part with jail officials on the best of terms, according to reports.

Evans, 19, convicted of aggravated murder and other charges in last year’s shooting death of retired steelworker Michael Smith, got into an altercation with a corrections officer about 1:20 a.m. Thursday, police said.

Lorain County swheriff’s Lt. Jack Hammond said Corrections officer Donald Cantwell was checking Evans’ cell for gang graffiti, which has become a problem in the jail, when Evans got off his bunk and confronted Cantwell.

The officer put his hand out and stepped back, but Evans took a swing at him, Hammond said. Cantwell and another officer had to subdue Evans.

After Evans was removed from his cell, he got in another scuffle with officers and was placed in a restraint chair and fitted with a spit shield to prevent him from causing further problems. Hammond said Evans was kept restrained, with breaks every two hours and when he needed to use the restroom, until Thursday evening.

Evans isn’t being charged, Hammond said, because he’s already serving a life sentence, and prosecuting assault charges would just be a drain on taxpayer resources.