Court date set for inmate accused of assaulting county jail staff

October 15, 2021 | Courts

NEWKIRK — A status docket is set for Christopher Ryan Branham, 24, Ponca City, on Nov. 5 in Kay County District Court.

Branham is charged with assault and battery on jail staff after two or more felony convictions.

Kay County Detention Officer Anthony Hughes reports in the affidavit that on  Aug. 25, Branham covered the camera in his cell with a blanket.

Christopher Ryan Branham

Hughes and another officer responded and Branham reportedly told jailers he was considering hurting himself.

Jail staff reportedly escorted Branham to the booking bench and placed him on suicide watch.

Branham reportedly began hitting his head on surfaces and was then restrained.

Staff reportedly asked Branham to walk to the shower so that he could be placed in a suicide suit.

Branham reportedly refused and stated he was not going to move. Three detention officers reportedly attempted to escort Branham to the shower. Branham reportedly bit Hughes on the right arm and a struggle ensued. Another officer responded and Branham was carried to the shower.

As jailers attempted to place Branham into a suicide suit, he reportedly began to fight and spit on a jailer who then reportedly struck Branham on the right side of his head in an attempt to prevent more spitting.

Jail staff report Branham was taken to the floor. He then reportedly stopped fighting and was placed in the suit and moved to a padded cell.

On Sept. 26, 2018 two former Kay County jailers were accused of assaulting Branham during a struggle. Danial Vandaveer, 33, and his brother Zane Jadon Dewayne Vandaveer, 24, were charged with misdemeanor counts of assault and battery. Earlier this year a jury found Danial not guilty but reached no conclusion in the case against Zane. Another jury trial is set for March 8, 2022.

On Jan. 4, 2019 Branham was convicted of two felony counts of prisoner placing body fluid on a government employee and two counts of assault and battery upon a police officer. He was sentenced to seven years in prison with all but the first five years suspended. On July 15, 2019 he was charged with a felony count of injuring a public building. On May 14 he entered a no contest plea to the charge and was sentenced to 25 years in prison with all but one year in the county jail suspended.

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