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Inmate injured in fight at Wayne Brown

A disagreement between two inmates at the Wayne Brown Correctional Facility over what to watch on television led to a fight Tuesday evening.

Inmate Ronald Shima, 38, was eventually taken to a Roseville hospital with possible brain injuries.

At about 9 p.m., several inmates in a jail housing area, including Shima, were watching television. Another inmate, 19-year-old Ernest Dotson, apparently challenged Shima and another inmate over what was on the television, Sheriff’s Lt. Gary Smith said.



Dotson, a ward of the California Youth Authority’s Washington Ridge camp, has been held at Wayne Brown since reportedly assaulting a correctional officer and trying to escape from the camp.

As soon as Shima stood up in protest over the TV argument, Dotson reportedly punched him in the head. Shima temporarily lost consciousness.




“It seemed to be a spontaneous argument,” Smith said. “Those TVs make a good baby-sitter, but inmates don’t always agree what to watch.”

The punch was seen by an officer, who immediately called for reinforcement, Smith said. The area was locked down, but no force was needed to regain control of the housing area, he said.

Shima was taken to Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital by jail staff but then transferred to Sutter Roseville Medical Center for testing with a neurosurgeon. The extent of his injuries was not known, Smith said. While there, Shima will be guarded by jail staff.

After the fight, Dotson was moved to an isolation chamber, Smith said. He may be charged with battery causing serious bodily injury.

Dotson already was facing battery charges.

Shima was arrested Oct. 4 on a warrant for charges of burglary, possession of stolen property, conspiracy and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

“These things are inherent,” Smith said of the argument. “It’s the nature of the place. But not often do they require treatment out of the area.”


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