• Man says prison guard still on job despite beating him


    LAKE COUNTY, Fla. - A state prison guard facing felony battery charges in an alleged off-duty attack, but the man he is accused of beating isn't happy that the guard is still on the job.
    State prison guard Keaston Hooks is entrusted to keep safety and order among inmates at Lake Correctional Institution in Clermont.
    Eyewitness News has learned the officer is facing felony battery charges stemming from a brutal assault.
    Tyree Jones described the injuries he suffered in the alleged attack: "Three orbital fractures, three broken bones which are still broken. Blood clots behind my eye."
    Jones told Channel 9's Mario Boone that he spent three days at Orlando Regional Medical Center following the alleged March attack. He said he might be facing surgery because of his injuries.
    Hooks is married to the mother of Jones' child.
    The report states that Jones was attacked inside his own home while four children were there.
    "My son witnessed it, my niece, my 3-year-old daughter," said Jones.
    Cellphone video obtained only by Eyewitness News shows Hooks in handcuffs being placed in the back of a Leesburg Police car.
    But the prison guard never made it to jail. 
    "The arresting officer received a phone call saying, 'Let him go with a citation,'" said Jones.
    Despite medical records documenting just how serious Jones' injuries were Hooks was initially let go with only misdemeanor ticket. He then returned to his job of guarding prisoners.
    "I don't think it's right that he's committing batteries and using techniques that they use against the prisoners on people outside the prison and still being able to work," said Jones.

    This week prosecutors upgraded to the charges against Hooks.

    When contacted by Boone, Hooks declined to comment on the story.

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