Livingston County deputies say 53-year-old Sharry Habberfield requested assistance and when the deputy entered Habberfield's housing area, deputies say Habberfield attacked, choked and threatened to kill the deputy while also threatening to escape.

An inmate, already behind bars in Livingston County Jail, is now facing further charges for attacking a jail deputy.

Deputies say, on Tuesday, 53-year-old Sharry Habberfield requested assistance from a deputy around 7:40 a.m. But, when the deputy entered Habberfield's housing area, deputies say Habberfield attacked, choked and threatened to kill the deputy while also threatening to escape.

The deputy was able to defend herself until other deputies could arrive.

Habberfield is now charged with assault on a peace officer, assault and attempted escape. She has been in Livingston County Jail since December 19 on charges of criminal possession of a weapon and grand larceny.

In a statement, Sheriff Dougherty said, "The Deputy Sheriffs stationed inside our jails have a very difficult, dangerous and challenging job to do. Often times they do not get the recognition they so deserve. Please join me in changing that trend and recognizing our Jail Division members for their exceptional service in keeping our communities safe through the care, custody and control of the inmates."