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Hall County inmate accused of stabbing jail officer with a pen

A Braselton woman in the Hall County Jail allegedly stabbed an officer in the face with an ink pen, according to authorities.

Leann Strangler Smith, 42, has been in the jail since Jan. 2 on a State Court arrest order but is now facing charges of aggravated assault on a peace officer and obstruction of an officer.

The arrest order concerns an ongoing case with charges including criminal trespass and misdemeanor obstruction, according to the Hall County Courts docket website.

Hall County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Derreck Booth said Smith was allegedly uncooperative during a routine pill call, which is when inmates receive medications, between 4-5 p.m. Friday, April 9 in the inmate pod.

After Smith allegedly refused to return to her cell, officers attempted to escort the Braselton woman back, Booth said.

Smith then allegedly “grabbed a pen off the nurses’ cart and stabbed at one officer several times,” Booth said.

Officers secured the inmate and returned her to her cell, Booth said.

The officer had injuries around her eyes and to one of her hands but refused medical treatment, Booth said.

The case is still under investigation.

No attorney was listed for Smith on this case Friday, April 16, with Magistrate Court officials.

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