(WGN-AM)- A Joliet man faces two felonies related to a fight during his incarceration last week for allegedly firing a shotgun into the ground near his neighbors' home.
Bail has been set at $100,000 for Edward G. Barton, 36, of the 200 block of Schorie Avenue on charges of disarming a peace officer and resisting a correctional employee at the Will County Adult Detention Facility.
Barton was arrested early in the morning of June 21 on charges of reckless discharge of a firearm and possessing a firearm without a firearm owner's identification card -- both felonies.
He was lodged at the detention facility in a cell next to that of accused murderer Andrew Morrow. Morrow, 18, was arrested in December 2007 in the murder of Kaylor C. Spells, 16, whose body was found Aug. 16, 2007, in Dellwood Park in Lockport.
At about 7 p.m. June 22 correctional officers came into Barton and Morrow's section and called for all residents to exit their cells for a headcount, and to be read the regulations, Will County sheriff's office spokesman Kathy Hoffmeyer said today.
Morrow immediately attacked Barton who, Morrow said, had been banging on the dividing cell wall and insulting him, Hoffmeyer said. Barton later admitted to "razzing" Morrow, Hoffmeyer said. No charges were brought against Morrow, she said.
Correctional officers told the residents to lie down on the floor and all complied except Barton, who went into his cell and closed the door, Hoffmeyer said. At least one member of the jail staff went into Barton's cell and sprayed Barton with pepper spray after he refused to comply with orders, Hoffmeyer said.
Barton then struggled with an employee, removing the employee's collapsible baton, she said. Employees quickly regained control of the baton, she said.
Barton was released from the facility later that week after posting bond.
Investigators subsequently reviewed a video tape of the incident and obtained an arrest warrant charging Barton with the two additional felonies. Barton was booked back into the jail on Friday.
Hoffmeyer said she didn't know the source of the facial bruises in Barton's booking photo.
(The Chicago Tribune contributed to this story)
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