Inmate charged after jail fight

By Staff
Melissa Cason Franklin County Times
More charges have been filed against a Franklin County inmate after his alleged involvement in an incident at the Franklin County Jail.
Kevin Blackburn, 34, of 201 Winsted Road in Spruce Pine, has been charged with first-degree robbery and first-degree assault after his involvement in an altercation with other inmates at the jail, Sheriff Larry Plott said.
The incident occurred around 2:30 a.m. yesterday when several inmates engaged in an argument upstairs.
Blackburn allegedly struck two other inmates with a metal pipe causing a broken nose, and crushing the inmate's sinus cavity on the right part of the head, Plott said.
Blackburn has been an inmate at the jail since he was arrested on drug possession charges March 19. The incident is still under investigation and more charges are pending in the case.