Man incarcerated for loaded weapons during October traffic stop now charged with injuring fellow inmate

By WKTV News

ORISKANY, N.Y. (WKTV) - A Jefferson County inmate was injured after trying to intervene on behalf of a fellow inmate who was being harassed by an inmate from Herkimer County, authorities said.

The incident happened while all three were incarcerated at the Oneida County Correctional Facility, Sheriff Robert Maciol said.

According to Sheriff Maciol, Angus Steel, 23, of Jefferson County was attempting to intervene on behalf of another inmate that was being harassed by Jayson Pulluaim, 36. Pulluaim redirected his attention towards Steel, punching him in the face multiple times.

Steel suffered facial lacerations and an orbital fracture and was transported to St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Utica for treatment.

Pulluaim has been charged with second-degree assault and will appear in Whitestown Court at a future date.

The arrest was made by the Criminal Investigation Unit of the Sheriff's Office.

Pullaim, originally from Ocala, Florida, was incarcerated in Herkimer County after being arrested in October along with two other men, when authorities found them in possession of weapons during a traffic stop in the Town of Schuyler.

On Friday, October 21 around 2:15 a.m., State Troopers out of Herkimer noticed a vehicle driving on Kilkenny Drive in Schuyler with its headlights off. The Troopers drove onto Kilkenny Drive and found three male subjects - Jayson A. Pulluaim, 36, of Ocala, Florida; Terrence T. Hines, 35, of Utica; and Eugene D. James, 28, of Utica - parked in a van at the end of the road. Upon approaching the vehicle, one of the Troopers observed a rifle barrel protruding from under a scarf between the back seats.

All three subjects were removed form the vehicle and a search was conducted. Inside the vehicle, authorities found a loaded SKS semi-automatic rifle and a loaded Beretta .32 caliber automatic handgun. A check of the handgun revealed it to be a stolen firearm from Montgomery County, Tennessee.

State Police said at the time of the stop, Pulluaim was on New York State Parole and Hines was on federal probation from previous charges.

Authorities said all three were previously convicted felons, and were charged with second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, and fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property.

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