A prison inmate who assaulted a state correctional officer earlier this month at a Lincoln hospital has died.
The Nebraska Department of Correctional Services reports Robert Carter died of an unknown cause last night in the skilled nursing facility of the state prison. He suffered from long-term health issues, according to the department.
A Grand Jury will convene to investigate the death.
Carter on September 5th cut a correctional officer several times with a butter knife while trying to flee from custody while being treated at the Bryan West Campus for acute medical issues that could not be treated at the prison. The officer, Adam Benischek, was released from Bryan West after being treated for cuts to his head, neck, and ear.
Law enforcement officers present at the hospital subdued Carter, who was in leg restraints.
Carter was serving a 30 year sentence from Douglas and Sarpy Counties for the offenses of Attempted Assault on an Officer, two counts of Use of Weapon, and six counts of robbery. Carter entered the prison system in January 2008. He had a projected release date of November 22, 2036.
Carter was 50.