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 The Cleveland Plain Dealer, (OH)

March 7, 1997


[]An inmate from Cleveland has blamed an assault on a prison nurse and a state corrections officer on the “homemade hooch” he drank in prison.  Hillman Green, 39, who has been in prison since 1985 on a series of armed robberies and assaults, is charged with two felony counts of assault.

According to court documents, Green, who takes the anti-depressant drug Prozac, drank more than a quart of homemade wine that made him “flip.”  After a guard noticed he was drunk March 22, 1996, Green was taken in handcuffs to the medical building at Lorain Correctional Institution in Grafton.

Nurse Darlene Drwall turned her back momentarily and Green sprang from his chair, threw his handcuffed arms around her and began to squeeze.  “I will kill her, I will kill her,” witnesses quoted him saying.   Green has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity and has been moved from Lorain Correctional to the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville.  Prison officials were not available yesterday to explain how Green was able to obtain the prohibited substance at the Lorain County prison.

He told Trooper James Wernecke, who investigates prison crimes, that he bought the homemade intoxicant from another inmate for five packs of cigarettes, according to court documents.  But he said he couldn’t remember from whom.

The court documents said the nurse was bruised on her arms and legs and missed three days of work because of the assault. Corrections officer Derrick Smith, who freed the nurse from Green’s grasp, was cut with a razor blade.  Investigators said Green hid the blade in his shoe.  Smith’s cut did not need stitches, but he received a tetanus shot.

Joseph Andrews, a spokesman for the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, said Green was serving 15 to 65 years for aggravated robbery.  He was convicted Sept. 23, 1985, in Cuyahoga County.

Record Number:  09066061