A York County Prison inmate who tried to squirt a foul brew of feces, urine and water at corrections officers has been sentenced to more prison time, although the guards he tried to "gas" might consider that more of a punishment for them.
Peter Sanchez-Santiago, 36, of York City, appeared in York County Court on Tuesday, where Common Pleas Judge Richard K. Renn sentenced him to 27 to 60 months in prison, with credit for time served, according to court records.
State police said Sanchez-Santiago had also tucked three shanks under his genitals.
Jurors in June found him guilty of aggravated harassment by a prisoner, which is a third-degree felony.
But they acquitted Sanchez-Santiago of being a prisoner in illegal possession of weapons or implements of escape.
Deputy prosecutor Jeff Rigby, who tried the case, has said that's likely because prison officials disposed of the homemade weapons, also called shivs, before a decision was made to file charges. That meant jurors didn't get to see the weapons, or even photos of them, he said.
What happened: The incident happened June 20, 2013, in Sanchez-Santiago's prison cell.
He already was being held in segregation for being a problem inmate and was on "water restriction," Rigby said.
Some problem inmates intentionally flood their cells with toilet water, so they are given only limited water usage, authorities confirmed.
Sanchez-Santiago filled an empty toothpaste tube with a mixture of feces, urine and water from his toilet, then used the tube to squirt the mixture at people walking past his cell, including corrections officers, court documents state.
None of the guards was hit with the mixture, Rigby said.
'Gassing': Enough prison inmates across the country have hurled the brew at guards that the repulsive act has been given a name — "gassing."
The floor of Sanchez-Santiago's prison cell also was covered in feces and filthy water, Rigby said.
Two guards ordered him to put his hands outside the cell so they could secure him but he refused, then started banging his head against the cell door, state police said.
At that point, corrections officers opened the door and tried to restrain Sanchez-Santiago, who took a swing at a guard and bit the guard's finger, according to court documents, which note the inmate had tested positive for Hepatitis C.
The bite broke the skin, police said.
Rigby said he has no reason to believe the guard suffered health problems because of the bite.
Alleged weapons: After getting Sanchez-Santiago under control, corrections officers searched him.
That's when they found a pencil, toothbrush and comb hidden under his genitals, according to state police.
Each of the three items had been sharpened at one end, police said.
Public defender Joshua Neiderhiser could not be reached for comment Thursday. In June, he said he expects Sanchez-Santiago will appeal the conviction.
At the time of the incident, Sanchez-Santiago was in prison on charges including resisting arrest and making terroristic threats, court records state.
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