- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 20, 2014

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) - A Kent County jail guard who was fired after being attacked by an inmate will receive disability benefits.

The Grand Rapids Press reports Tuesday (http://bit.ly/SdTNku ) the county pension board found that Jaclynn Rodriguez is eligible for the benefits, which will continue indefinitely unless she is offered the same job by the sheriff’s department.

Rodriguez was 23 and had been on the job for about 9 months when she was nearly choked to death by robbery suspect Willie Lee-Wilson Williams during a 2012 escape attempt.

Following the assault, Rodriguez went on leave but remained an employee of the sheriff’s department for more than a year until the department terminated her saying she did not successfully complete a probationary period.

Williams is serving an 80-to-160-year prison sentence for the attack on Rodriguez.

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Information from: The Grand Rapids Press, http://www.mlive.com/grand-rapids