Knox inmate charged after allegedly beating fellow inmate over TV remote control

Posted Nov. 05, 2012, at 3:15 p.m.

ROCKLAND, Maine — A 35-year-old Rockport man faces a felony assault charge after police said he beat another inmate over a dispute about a television remote control.

Jason Cockerline was charged Monday with aggravated assault.

Cockerline has been held at the Knox County Jail in Rockland since this summer, when he was charged by Rockport police with burglary and violating a condition of release.

According to an affidavit filed by Deputy John Palmer with the sheriff’s office, he was called to the jail shortly after 4 p.m. Sunday to investigate the alleged assault. The deputy reviewed the videotape from the television room and witnessed Cockerline knee another inmate in the head and then punch him numerous times in the face and body, according to the affidavit.

The deputy determined that the other inmate was not the aggressor and did not fight Cockerline. The other inmate suffered a broken tooth.

Sheriff Donna Dennison said the assault was the result of a dispute over the remote control to the television. She said she did not know what television show Cockerline wanted to watch.

Cockerline made his initial court appearance Monday afternoon in Rockland District Court. He was ordered to have no contact with the alleged victim in the assault.

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