Man sues state for attack in corrections center

CHARLESTON -- A man is suing the West Virginia Division of Corrections after he claims he was attacked while incarcerated at Stevens Correctional Center in McDowell County.

On Jan. 4, 2009, Nathan Fry was injured by other inmates at the facility when they threw scalding liquid on him and then attacked him, according to a complaint filed Dec. 8 in Kanawha Circuit Court.

Fry claims as a result of the attack, he sustained injuries, including burns to his upper body, a broken tooth, visual impairment and post traumatic stress disorder.

In the days prior to the incident, Fry had various confrontations with the inmates concerning alleged remarks made by him about their Muslim religion, according to the suit.

Fry "was warned that he was in grave danger," the complaint states.

He claims he requested that he be moved to another part of the facility, but his requests were ignored.

The defendant failed to ensure that the facility had adequate means to ensure safety to its prisoners, according to the suit.

Fry is seeking compensatory damages. He is being represented by Larry O. Ford and David R. Karr.

The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge Charles King.

Kanawha Circuit Court case number: 10-C-2205

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