Written by Theresa Rose on January 20, 2015

On January 18 at approximately 6:40 am Mt. Pleasant Correctional Facility staff activated an emergency alarm due to a disturbance in one of the living units. A Correctional Officer was assaulted by Offender Darrell Ballard after the staff member directed offender Ballard to put down a food item that he had inappropriately received.
The assault by Ballard included several punches to the torso and to the facial area causing injuries to the staff member. The staff member was treated by on sight medical personal. The Department considers this incident a very serious assault although the injuries are not life threatening.
Darrell Ballard is 24 years old and serving a sex offense conviction from Cerro Gordo County and currently is serving time for revocation on his special sex offense sentence.
Following investigation, this incident will be referred to the Henry County Attorney’s Office for prosecution. Due to the pending investigation, the officer’s name or additional information is not available for public release at this time.