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Published on: 11/13/2017

Former Cushing Prison Inmate Charged With Head-butting Jailer

Patti Weaver


Gage Broom

(Stillwater, Okla.) – A former Cushing prison inmate has been charged with head-butting a guard in the face in the Payne County Jail where he was being held for a preliminary hearing in a fatal riot at the Cimarron Correctional Facility from which four convicts died of stab wounds.

Gage Broom, 26, reputed to be associated with the Irish Mob prison gang, has been transferred from the private prison in Cushing to the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester where he is serving a 20-year sentence for first-degree manslaughter in 2009 in Wagoner County, court records show.

In a new case filed last week, Broom has been ordered to appear in Payne County District Court on Nov. 30 for arraignment on a charge of assault and battery on a detention officer in the Payne County Jail on Sept. 19.

Payne County Detention Deputy Thomas Harders, along with five other guards, had gone to Broom’s cell due to graffiti on the wall, according to an affidavit.

“During the cell search, I observed two big clover leaves drawn on the wall of the cell. We removed all items in the cell due to Inmate Broom refusing to clean the graffiti from the wall. Inmate Broom did admit to drawing them on the wall and refused to clean them off,” Harders alleged in his affidavit.

“Sergeant Ingham advised him several times throughout the course of the conversation if he would clean the graffiti off of the walls, he would gain back the items taken from the cell. He continued to refuse to clean the drawings off the walls.

“Inmate Broom did state, ‘I will not draw any more, but I refuse to clean them off. I did not put them up there to clean them off,’” the affidavit alleged.

“Inmate Broom repeatedly refused to follow all commands given to stand up for a pat search. Sgt. Ingham reached to grab him by the left arm to assist him to his feet. Inmate Broom became physically combative and was placed in the floor on his stomach for his and our safety.

“After the pat search was conducted, he was returned to his feet to be escorted back to his cell. Once Inmate Broom was on his feet, he lunged at Sgt. Ingham head-butting him in the left side of his face. We again used several compliance strikes and techniques to gain control of Inmate Broom.

“We carried him to the intake area of the jail and placed him into the restraint chair to prevent further assaults on staff members. While placing him into the restraint chair, he continued to be combative. Detention Officer Black used a drive stun technique to Inmate Broom to assist in gaining compliance,” Harders alleged in his affidavit.

Broom was checked by a jail nurse for any injuries sustained, the affidavit said. Sgt. Ingham sustained an injured finger on his left hand as well as the strike to the left jaw area, according to the affidavit.

Last month, Broom was ordered to stand trial on a charge of participating in a riot at the Cimarron Correctional Facility on Sept. 12, 2015, from which inmates Anthony Fulwider, Kyle Tiffee, Christopher Tignor and Michael Edwin Mayden Jr., died of stab wounds. Broom’s next court appearance in that fatal riot has been scheduled for Feb. 9, 2018.

A conviction of participating in a fatal riot is punishable as second-degree murder, for which the sentence range is 10 years to life in prison, court records show.

The Cushing prison riot was investigated by Oklahoma Department of Corrections Agent Robert L. Hert III.

“On Sept. 12, 2015, a fight occurred on Unit C-North between inmates validated as or associated with security threat groups Irish Mob and Universal Aryan Brotherhood,” according to Hert’s affidavit.

“A review of the video surveillance footage and a still image taken from the footage…reflects inmates validated as or associated with Irish Mob, to include Gage Broom, engaged other inmates on the unit validated as or associated with Universal Aryan Brotherhood,” the affidavit alleged.

According to a news release at the time of the fatal riot from Corrections Corporation of America, now known as Core Civic, an “inmate on inmate altercation lasted less than two minutes with staff responding very quickly to quell the disturbance.”

The Cimarron Correctional Facility in Cushing is a 1,720-bed private prison that houses medium and maximum security male inmates for the Oklahoma Department of Corrections, according to the news release.