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Prison inmate alleges correctional facility illegally used force

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Jun 11, 2018

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HUNTINGTON — A prison inmate is suing correctional facility and its guards, alleging assault and violation of civil rights.

Michael A. McDonald of Cabell County filed a complaint in Cabell Circuit Court against administrator Larry Crawford; captain Carl Aldridge, the West Virginia Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority, et al., alleging deprivation of an inmate's rights, privileges and immunities protected by the Constitution and laws of the United States of America.

According to the complaint, in June 2016, since his incarceration at the defendants' correctional West Virginia Regional Jail, without being provoked, McDonald was beaten by guards at the facility. He says he was strapped to a restraint chair where he languished for no less 24 hours without access to the bathroom, rarely fed and rarely supplied water. 

McDonald says over the last 10 years, there has been a continuing practice and patterns and various forms of physical and sexual abuse of male and female inmates at the hands no less than 20 WRJ correctional officers. 

The plaintiff alleges the defendants failed to take reasonable measures to prevent unlawful and egregious conduct with regards to inmates in prison.

McDonald seeks trial by jury, damages, compensatory and punitive, including court costs, attorney fees, and all further relief the court deems appropriate. He is represented by attorney Kerry A. Nessel of The Nessel Law Firm in Huntington.

Cabell Circuit Court Case number 18-C-240

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