Inmate Sentenced for Assaulting Corrections Officer

Jose Adan Rios, 21, of Gastonia, was given an active prison sentence of seven to nine years following his conviction for assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill during Burke County Superior Court.

The Honorable Robert C. Ervin, Superior Court Judge from Burke County, handed down the sentence for Rios after the defendant pleaded guilty to the charges on Wednesday, March 6, 2019.

Rios will serve his prison sentence in custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections at the end of a 28-year sentence he is currently serving for two second-degree murder convictions in Gaston County from July 2017.

Upon his release from prison, Rios will be deported to his home country of Honduras.

On March 7, 2018, Rios stabbed a corrections officer at Foothills Correctional Institute in Morganton four times with a nearly 7-inch shank, striking him in the lower neck, left shoulder and twice in the back.

Rios attempted to stab another officer before fleeing into a housing wing of the unit and being apprehended.

The officer involved in the stabbing was transported to a local hospital where he stayed for five days because of lung injuries.

Assistant District Attorney Lance Sigmon prosecuted the case for the State.

CONTACT: Nathan Key
Phone: 828-695-6193