A state inmate who was mad that his pens and drawings were confiscated from his cell is charged with throwing a trash can at two corrections officers.
Robert Clinton Meader, 31, said the incident happened a week after he was caught tattooing inside Coyote Ridge Corrections Center, but claims he didn't intend to hit the officers.
Meader pleaded innocent Tuesday in Franklin County Superior Court to two counts of custodial assault. Trial is scheduled for Nov. 6.
He has been moved to the Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla since the March 26 incident at the Connell prison.
According to court documents, a corrections officer seized several items from Meader's cell, so he later approached the officer and asked for his property back.
A video, given to Connell police Officer Dionicio Arteaga as part of the investigation, reportedly shows Meader confronting two officers as they enter their office. A few seconds later, Meader kicks a large aluminum trash can near the doorway, hitting one officer on the legs, documents said.
Meader then allegedly picked up the can and threw it at the second officer, causing a small cut to the officer's left wrist.
Later he told Arteaga, "It was not intentional, maybe it was negligence or recklessness. I admit that," documents said.
Meader claimed the reason he walked out of the office is because he had no intention of assaulting the officers.