Inmate Convicted in Widstrand Beating Accused of Attacking Correctional Officers

Updated: 04/10/2014 7:04 AM
Created: 04/09/2014 4:43 PM
By: Cassie Hart

A teen sentenced to 16 years in prison for his role in the brutal beating of Ray Widstrand on St. Paul’s east side is accused of assaulting and spitting on officers at the Ramsey County Law Enforcement Center.

According to the criminal complaint, on March 25 around 7:25 p.m., Cindarion Butler, 17, of Lino Lakes, was being uncooperative regarding vending privileges. A corrections officer told Butler to return to his cell and lock in. Butler refused. A deputy arrived to assist the corrections officer escort Butler back to his cell.

While on the way, Butler allegedly said, “F**k  you. What are you gonna do, n*****? I ain’t doing 16 years.” The complaint states, Butler then swung his arm and hit the correctional officer in the chest. Butler then swung his left fist at the officer, who avoided being hit, according to the complaint.

The deputy then grabbed Butler and there was a struggle. Butler hit the deputy numerous times, the complaint states. Butler was then taken to the ground where he allegedly spit on the correctional officer’s face and he tried to scratch his eyes.

Other officers arrived and brought Butler under control and escorted him back to his cell.

Butler allegedly caused redness on the correctional officer’s neck and face. The deputy did not have any visible injuries.

Butler has been charged with two counts of fourth degree assault on the officers.

Cindarion Butler, 17, of Lino Lakes

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