2 inmates attempt to kill corrections officer at Corcoran State Prison, officials say

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A corrections officer is recovering after two inmates at Corcoran State Prison are accused of attempting to kill him over the weekend, officials said.

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation says they are investigating a knife attack on an officer by the inmates that happened on Sunday, Jan. 6 at around noon.

The two inmates were identified as 31-year-old Edwin Perez and 27-year-old Jubenal Mendoza.

Officials say Mendoza distracted staff while Perez attacked the officer with a makeshift weapon, stabbing the officer in the head and neck.

The attack was stopped by staff using batons and less-than-lethal rounds.

The officer was treated at a hospital and is recovering at home, officials said.

Perez is serving a 55-year-to-life sentence for carjacking with the use of a firearm and second-degree murder.

Mendoza is serving a seven-year sentence for second-degree robbery and possession/manufacture of a deadly weapon by a prisoner, according to officials.

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