Bank robber gets more jail time after assaulting corrections officer


27-year-old Christopher Belt of Columbus was sentenced Monday, March 12 to 7 years or 84 months imprisonment for the assault of a federal employee.

According to a release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Middle District of Georgia, Belt was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service after committing an armed bank robbery. In August 2107 Belt was being held at the Sumter County Jail when he became involved ina verbal dispute with another inmate. 

A corrections officer attempted to calm the situation by sending Belt to a different area of the jail. Rather than relocate as instructed, Belt rushed toward the other inmate to try to make physical contact with him. The officer put her arm out in an attempt to block Belt’s advance, and her arm was broken. The injury required immediate surgical correction.

Belt faces a total sentence of 190 months imprisonment. Belt was also ordered to pay over $28,000 in restitution related to the officer’s medical bills incurred as a result of the injury he inflicted.

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