Prison inmate pleads not guilty in assault on a correctional officer case

Source: Lisa Kennedy/MGN

BISMARCK, N.D. - The State Penitentiary inmate accused of breaking a correctional officer’s eye socket in January pleaded not guilty Monday.

Twenty-five-year-old Thorin Gessner is charged with aggravated assault and contact with bodily fluids.

Officers say he’s accused of resisting when correctional officers were trying to handcuff him after he assaulted another inmate.

Gessner spit in one officers face and punched another, according to the affidavit. The officer needed surgery for the fracture to his eye socket.

His trial is scheduled for November 19.

He’s currently in prison serving time for a Minot robbery case. Last year he was sentenced to two years with three years of probation.