Man convicted of shooting Ithaca police officer charged with assaulting corrections officer

Jamel Booker

The Ithaca man partially convicted of shooting an Ithaca Police Officer is now accused of assaulting a corrections officer while in jail awaiting sentencing.

Jamel Booker, 23, is charged with assault after an altercation inside of the Tompkins County Jail, in which a corrections officer was injured.

Sheriff's deputies say it happened last Tuesday, April 23. The extent of the injuries are unknown at this time.

Deputies say Booker was locked up, awaiting his June 28 sentencing for shooting Ithaca Police Officer Anthony Augustine last October during a chase. Booker was pulled over for driving a vehicle that had been reported stolen. The police veteran was shot in the chest.

A Tompkins County jury returned a mixed verdict in that trial, convicting Booker on seven of the eight counts he was charged with in regards to the incident. He was convicted of assault on a police officer, assault, criminal possession of stolen property, criminal possession of a weapon, criminal use of a firearm, and tampering with physical evidence.

The, however, jury could not come to a unanimous decision on the most serious charge - attempted murder. While prosecutors said Booker intended to kill Augustine, Booker's attorney maintains he had no plan to kill the officer, and was trying to get away.

Booker was arraigned in the Town of Lansing Court for assaulting the corrections officer last week. He was sent back to the Tompkins County Jail on $10,000 cash bail.