Former Pontiac inmate charged after stabbing a corrections officer in the neck

An inmate charged in a November 2022 attack on correctional officers at Pontiac Correctional Center has been sentenced to 60 more years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.

In a plea agreement, Luis A. Serrano pled guilty to attempted first-degree murder and to aggravated battery after an attack on correctional officers at Pontiac Correctional Center that left one hospitalized and another injured. The stabbing took place on Nov. 23, 2022.

"I am pleased with the result of this case,” Livingston County State's Attorney Mike Regnier said in a news release. “Each day an officer clocks into their shift, whether it is for patrol or at a correctional facility, they take the chance that a person they encounter will do them harm. They take the chance that they may not make it home."

Authorities said Serrano attacked a correctional officer sergeant in the East-West cell house with a piece of metal, stabbing the victim in the neck, creating a severe injury.

The sergeant was airlifted to OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria. Another correctional officer was injured as he tried to subdue Serrano. That officer was treated and released from OSF Saint James-John W. Albrecht Medical Center in Pontiac.

At the time of the attack, Lieutenant William Lee, Local AFSCME 494 president, and AFSCME Council 31 Executive Director Roberta Lynch issued a joint statement:

“This incident serves as a reminder of the dangers that correctional employees face on the job every single day. This sergeant came to work today expecting to do his job and keep Pontiac Correctional Center safe, but instead became a victim of a vicious attack."

Serrano was originally charged with attempted first-degree murder, two counts of aggravated battery (Class 2 felonies) and unlawful use of a weapon by persons in custody of Department of Corrections (Class 1 felony).

Serrano was transferred to Menard Correctional Center after the attack and is now housed at Lawrence Correctional Center.

According to the Illinois Department of Corrections, Serrano was sentenced to 60 years for the attempted murder charge and seven years for aggravated battery on a correctional officer. These will be run consecutive to his other terms, meaning they will not begin until the current terms are completed.

He was originally housed at Pontiac Correctional Center in 2012 on multiple charges.

This article originally appeared on Pontiac Daily Leader: Former Pontiac inmate charged after stabbing corrections officer