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A state penitentiary inmate was sentenced Monday in Walla Walla County Superior Court to an extra year in prison for punching a corrections officer in the face.

Jesse J. Flores, 31, was charged in June 2019 with second-degree assault for allegedly punching the officer after being asked to walk through a metal detector. Apparently, Flores told the guard he couldn’t pass through detectors due to a medical device inside him. 

When the officer was checking paperwork to verify Flores condition, the inmate punched him in the face and knocked a tooth, records stated.

In a plea agreement the charge against Flores was reduced to custodial assault, to which he pleaded guilty Monday.

His sentence includes serving 12 months, running consecutively to his current prison sentence in 2011 from Yakima County, plus 12 months in community custody, $600 in fines and fees, and $2,005.42 in restitution.

He still has about five years remaining on the Yakima County Case, which had a total of about 14.25 years. Charges in that case were unavailable by press time.

Emily Thornton can be reached at or 509-526-8325.

Emily Thornton covers courts and emergency services, as well as other various stories. She has been in the newspaper industry off and on since roughly 1999 and lived primarily on the West Coast, but also Florida and Europe.