Charges: Teen serving time for St. Paul beating attacked jail guard


A 17-year-old who was convicted in a notorious St. Paul beating is now accused of assaulting a sheriff's deputy and guard at the Ramsey County jail.

Cindarion Butler was sentenced last month to 16 years in prison for his role in the assault and robbery of Ray Widstrand.

The Pioneer Press reports the new assault charges against Butler stem from an incident prosecutors say happened on March 25, the day before Butler was transferred to the state prison in Lino Lakes. Butler was allegedly being uncooperative with a correctional officer, prompting a deputy to intervene.

WCCO says according to the charges Butler punched the deputy repeatedly and scratched and spat on the jail guard. Butler now faces two counts of fourth-degree assault.

Butler was 16 last August, when Widstrand came upon a crowd of dozens of young people converged around a fight in a street near his home on St. Paul's east side. Widstrand apparently tried to help one of the girls involved in the fight off the ground when several people descended on him.

The Star Tribune says police estimated as many as a dozen people attacked Widstrand that night, although only five faced criminal charges.

Doctors initially feared Widstrand's injuries would be fatal, but he was placed in a medically-induced coma and part of his skull surgically removed to relieve swelling of the brain.

He's been through several other surgeries since then and his recovery continues. Widstrand made an unexpected appearance at Butler's trial in January.

As for the other four people charged in his beating, the Star Tribune says the charges against one have been dropped, another pleaded guilty in juvenile court, a third was acquitted. The fourth, 16-year-old Charles Redding, has been certified as an adult and has a court hearing scheduled for Thursday, the newspaper says.

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