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Unprovoked attack on accused child predator by jail inmate leads to charge of willful injury


This news story was published on January 18, 2016.
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MASON CITY – A Cerro Gordo jail inmate entered the shower and punched another inmate – accused of sex crimes against a child – Sunday morning, and proceeded to follow him and beat him further, before he was stopped and arrested.

Cerro Gordo deputies responded to a report of an assault in the jail Sunday morning, January 17, at about 10:23 AM. According to new details released to NIT Tuesday morning, John Daniel Murphy was in the shower area of the jail when he suddenly punched Daniel Wigant, who is accused of sex offenses against a child. Wigant’s injuries included a black eye and a lost tooth, to that point. Murphy then assaulted Wigant further as he went to his cell. At the cell, Murphy kept hitting Wigant, causing swelling to the victim’s hand.

A report was taken, which led to a charge of felony D willful injury being brought against John Daniel Murphy. Allegedly, Murphy admitted the attack was unprovoked. He remains jailed.

Murphy was accused along with another man of burglarizing and causing damage to the Bennigan’s restaurant in Clear Lake. He was charged with third-degree burglary and second-degree criminal mischief. On December 15, Murphy pled guilty to a charge of third-degree burglary. He will be sentenced on January 27.

Daniel J. Wigant, age 24 of Clear Lake, faces four serious charges which were brought against him in August by Clear Lake police: Two counts of lascivious acts with a child and two counts of second degree sexual abuse. Wigant is accused of sexual contact with a female child just 4 years of age. He is accused of molesting the child on July 10 and again on July 16 of this year. His case is still being worked out in court as he remains jailed.

Murphy, John Daniel

Murphy, John Daniel

WIGANT, DANIEL J

WIGANT, DANIEL J

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10 Responses to Unprovoked attack on accused child predator by jail inmate leads to charge of willful injury

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    2 wrongs Reply Report comment

    January 21, 2016 at 5:33 am

    Further evidence of a sick society, and a sick criminal penal system which relies on internal thugs to do the corrections. Wig ant should sue the attacker and the jail.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    January 20, 2016 at 3:38 pm

    Charges should be dropped, it’s karma.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    January 20, 2016 at 3:47 am

    arrested him??? should have given him a medal. if wigant thinks he got it bad now, wait til he is in the big house, cons don’t like child abusers, he’s gunna be several somebodies girlfriend.

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    Laura Reply Report comment

    January 19, 2016 at 5:38 pm

    Interesting. Nice to know that we live in a society where we are at ease with harming others for their wrongdoings.

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    Krista Lynne Pals-Holmes Reply Report comment

    January 19, 2016 at 12:34 pm

    Jail justice

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    LVS Reply Report comment

    January 19, 2016 at 12:34 pm

    He should have broke his damn neck. Doing that to a four year old girl means he deserves everything he gets.

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      Numbers Reply Report comment

      January 21, 2016 at 5:35 am

      When are you going to trip and fall on the ice and break your own damn neck? You’re thug Number 1.

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    Rebecca Jo Pate Reply Report comment

    January 19, 2016 at 12:16 pm

    UNPROVOKED, I think not. What was unprovoked was the attack against the child.