Inmate attacked officers over cheese

Investigators say convicted killer was upset with amount of cheese with breakfast

Florida Department of Corrections photo of Willie Watts
Florida Department of Corrections photo of Willie Watts

LAKE CITY, Fla. – The inmate who attacked two Columbia Correctional Institution officers in February was unhappy with the amount of cheese he got on his tray while going through the breakfast line, according to documents released Monday by the State Attorney's Office.

Investigators said convicted killer Willie Watts became belligerent. They said Officer Jesus Camacho told him to settle down and took his tray, telling him to submit to hand restraints.

Watts attacked him and then Officer Terry Neil, punching both in the head, investigators said.

Two other officers jumped in, one of them deploying a chemical agent, and Watts was subdued.

Watts is charged with several counts of aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer.

Watts is already serving a life sentence for second-degree murder of a fellow inmate in 1986.

He was originally convicted for a 1979 murder in Escambia County. While at Florida State Prison, he murdered fellow inmate John Wiseman. He also assaulted corrections Officer E.E. Adams at Union Correctional Institution.

Watts has a long history of incarceration, including sentences for transmitting contraband in prison, attempted murder, attempted armed robbery, grand theft and escape.