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Man who broke inmate’s jaw sentenced to prison

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Rodney D. Maddux | Bonneville County Jail

IDAHO FALLS — A convicted felon who broke another inmate’s jaw while serving jail time was sentenced on multiple charges Monday.

Rodney D. Maddux, 24, was sentenced by District Judge Dane H. Watkins Jr. to a total of 18 years in prison and $2,000 in fines for two separate incidents.

Maddux, along with 24-year-old Tyler Neil Garcia, attempted to kidnap a man using a handgun last September. The pair of felons then led Idaho Falls Police on a high-speed chase reaching speeds of more than 80 miles per hour. Garcia was sentenced in January to serve three years fixed and 12 years indeterminate.

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Maddux was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, attempted second-degree kidnapping, an enhancement charge by using a weapon in the commission of a felony and unlawful possession of a weapon by a convicted felon. As part of a plea agreement, all but the unlawful possession of a weapon was dropped.

Prosecutors say a shotgun was also found in the vehicle along with the handgun used during the attempted kidnapping.

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Maddux was sentenced to three years fixed and two years indeterminate for the unlawful possession of a weapon.

Maddux was also sentenced for breaking an inmate’s jaw while he was serving time in the Bonneville County Jail in January 2018. The inmate’s face, hands and shirt were covered in blood, according to court documents and investigators learned Maddux struck the inmate at least ten times with his arm and fist.

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Deputies say Maddux walked away and watched TV while the victim lay on the floor and eventually stumbled back to his dorm. The next day the victim’s jaw was notably swollen, making it difficult to talk to detectives. The medical contractor for the jail told detectives the victim had fractures on both sides of his jaw, requiring surgeons to place a metal plate on each side.

For the jail assault, Maddux was sentenced to three years fixed and ten years indeterminate. Both sentences will be served concurrently along with the probation violations Maddux has incurred.

Watkins told Maddux he wouldn’t like to see him spend his life in prison but that he is on course to do so.

Maddux has an extensive criminal history in multiple jurisdictions.