EDDYVILLE, KY (KFVS) - Officials say a contract food service employee was seriously assaulted by an inmate at Kentucky State Penitentiary.
The incident happened Saturday, April 12 around 1:45 p.m.
Prison employee JoAnne Smith was taken to Deaconess Hospital in Evansville, Indiana.
According to a Kentucky Department of Corrections spokesperson, Smith was released from the hospital on Monday, April 14.
The inmate, 38-year-old Gary Pennington was put in segregation at the prison pending both internal and outside charges.
Pennington is serving a sentence of life with parole after 25 Years, on the charges of murder and kidnapping out of Johnson County.
Kentucky State Police are in charge of the criminal investigation.