Buckeye inmate gets second life term for attack on officer


A man was sentenced to life in prison following his attack on a corrections officer at a Buckeye prison last year.

Leonard Bacon Jr., 51, was sentenced for the attempted murder of a corrections officer at the Lewis prison. Mr. Bacon had admitted to stabbing the officer with the intent to kill him.

“Corrections officers risk their safety every day to serve a very important role in our system to ensure public safety,” Maricopa County Attorney Allister Adel stated. “I am grateful that the officer survived his injuries and that this dangerous offender has been held accountable for this callous act.”

On Oct. 6, 2018, three corrections officers at Lewis went to the cell of inmate Leonard Bacon Jr. to move him to a medical unit after he claimed he was having breathing issues. As one officer approached the open door of the cell, Mr. Bacon pulled a homemade knife and stabbed the officer in the chest. The officer fell to the floor and Mr. Bacon stabbed him in the abdomen as well.

A second officer gained control of Mr. Bacon, who dropped the knife. The injured officer was later interviewed and stated he did not exchange any words with Mr. Bacon before the stabbing.

Mr. Bacon had committed three serious and violent offenses prior to last year's incident. Because the current conviction involved an offense committed while incarcerated in the Arizona Department of Corrections, the new sentence will run consecutively to his previous sentences.

His priors include:

Aggravated assault in 1990 for which he served 11 years in prison;

Attempted second-degree murder in 2001 and sentenced in 2002 to 35 years;

First-degree murder in 2001, receiving a life sentence in 2002.