Marathon Co. Jail Guard Attacked by Inmate Returning to Work

By: WSAW News
By: WSAW News

Julie Christensen, the Marathon County Jail Guard who was critically injured when she was attacked by an inmate last March, is returning to work.

NewsChannel 7 has learned Christensen will continue to work with corrections, although not as a guard inside the jail initially. Christensen was in a coma for weeks after the violent attack, and a medical report included in a criminal complaint last April said doctors weren't sure if she'd ever fully recover.

Last March's attack spurred an investigation into the safety of the jail. Ultimately, a special panel determined there were numerous safety problems inside the jail that were not addressed under previous Sheriff Randy Hoenisch. The County has since made a number of changes, including hiring a new Jail Administrator, providing tasers for guards, and installing more reliable intercom equipment.

20-year-old Fredrick Morris, who prosecutors say was responsible for the attack, is charged with aggravated battery and battery by a prisoner.

To see our previous report on the attack, click here


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