Inmate Beat Down for 3 Days

Inmate Beat Down for 3 Days

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Englewood, CO

#1 Jan 15, 2012
This is gona cost the county plenty! They beat him for 3 DAYS! No one working there stopped it!

6 indicted in 2008 jail beating
by Jack Latta

Staff Writer Floyd County Times (Ky)
2 days 1 hr ago | 572 views | 0 | 4 || PRESTONSBURG — Six men accused of the 2008 beating of a fellow prisoner in the Floyd County Detention Center were indicted this week by a grand jury.

On Aug. 10, 2008, Terry Fisher, then a prisoner at the Floyd County Detention Center, was reportedly found near death in his cell, after allegedly being assaulted by upwards of 10 other inmates. On Tuesday, a Floyd County grand jury indicted six men on charges of complicity to first-degree assault.

Ivan Gunnels Jr., 31 of Eastern; Christopher N. Newsome, 38 of Harold; Larry Thomas Adkins II, 30 of Pikeville; Kevin Woods, 26 of Allen; Matthew Ritchie, 28 of Garrett; and Stephen Jervis, 50 of Prestonsburg, were each charged with one count of complicity first degree assault. Two of the men, Gunnels and Adkins, were additionally indicted as persistent felony offenders.

According to Commonwealth’s Attorney Brent Turner, trial for the men is set to begin on Feb. 6, and all of the men charged will be tried together.

According to statements at the time by Det. Steve Little, with the Prestonsburg Police Department, Fisher was allegedly subjected to the beatings over the course of three days. Fisher had pleaded guilty before being detained at the detention center to abusing a minor.

The grand jury charges that the men committed the offense when they “intentionally caused serious physical injury to Terry Fisher by beating, stomping, and/or kicking him with (their) hands and/or feet.”

In the federal suit filed against the Floyd County Detention Center in U.S. District Court in Pikeville, Tina Green, niece of Terry Fisher, says her uncle “suffered broken ribs, a broken back, fractures of his skull and facial bones, and other injuries too numerous to mention,” adding that when he was later taken to the hospital, where he was placed on a ventilator, he had a shoeprint on the side of his head and was “in a near-vegetative state.”

The last action taken in the lawsuit was a teleconference, which took place in December.

An April federal court filing said that one defendant who faced a first-degree assault charge, Michael Rowland, had died since charges had been filed. Currently, only two of the defendants, Kevin Woods and Matthew Richie, are still in the custody of the Floyd County Detention Center.

First-degree assault is a Class B felony punishable by 10 to 20 years in prison.
Read more: Floyd County Times (KY)- 6 indicted in 2008 jail beating
so what

Pikeville, KY

#2 Jan 15, 2012
Child molester!

Prestonsburg, KY

#3 Jan 15, 2012
the guards told them what to do and they should have put him a cell by hisself.I also heard that the guy that was suppose to been beat is saying the guards done it not the inmates.

United States

#4 Jan 15, 2012
Who cares, if you are in jail or prison you deserve it.

Loveland, OH

#5 Jan 15, 2012
Especially if you mess with kids then you get no mercy in the pokie. Gotta love prison justice.
little bird

Winchester, KY

#6 Jan 15, 2012
so what wrote:
Child molester!
You are not a Judge or a member of the jury you don't decide. Let's not forget what country we are in and the rules that exist here. You are innocent until you are proven guilty not the other way around.

Every time you do something like this making accusations you are spitting in the face of every man and woman that has died to protect our rights to be thought innocent until proven guilty. So for you "so what" you are the one who needs to be strung up.
little bird

Winchester, KY

#7 Jan 15, 2012
xyz wrote:
Who cares, if you are in jail or prison you deserve it.
I suppose tha is true for you until it is you or someone you care about that is in jail. Let's hope no one ever wrongfully accuses you of something and you end up in jail. Your attitude may come back to haunt you.
little bird

Winchester, KY

#8 Jan 15, 2012
I hope everyone involved, the inmates and the guards, all go to jail for what they did. I don't care what the person did at this point these people had no right to do what they did. In this country we have rules and these ridiculous hillbillies don't have the right to change any part of the American way of life.

Manchester, KY

#10 Jan 19, 2012
WOW how could someone be beat for 3 days and no one know or do anything about it?

Loveland, OH

#11 Jan 19, 2012
That is street justice. You cross that line that's what you get. Dont mess with kids.

Englewood, CO

#12 Jan 20, 2012
That street justice is gona cost the county a MILLION DOLLARS or more!

Dayton, OH

#13 Jan 20, 2012
JustSayin wrote:
That street justice is gona cost the county a MILLION DOLLARS or more!
I pay a shit ton in taxes and cant think of anything better for my money to be spent on.

Rochester, NY

#14 Jan 20, 2012
Dumbass Hillbillies. The article didnt say it was actually sexual abuse. It could've been physical as in spankings or hitting or it could've been psychological or verbal abuse. The article doesnt specify.

Every gurad on those shifts needs to be suspended w/out pay, and some firings and criminal indictments for not doing their job of segregating or protecting the inmate.
so what

Ransom, KY

#15 Jan 20, 2012
Jail time for spanking, psychological or verbal abuse? I think not. Perverted child molester is more like it. Also what are the chances this was his first time and he got caught the FIRST time? Most of these nasty bastards abuse for years before getting caught.

United States

#16 Jan 23, 2012
I love how people try to justify this by saying it's justice just to take heat off those running the jail. Two crimes do not make a right!

Court for these men is Feb the 6th. The Federal case against the jail will most likely be settled out of court for a large sum of our tax payer money.

We pay the jailer and his wife over 130 thousand dollars a year to avoid these costly mistakes! Where were they during those 3 days???
Not in my town

Englewood, CO

#17 Jan 27, 2012
This is unacceptable! Why don't you people do something about this.

Logan, WV

#18 Jan 28, 2012
cause thats how the famous floyd county jail operates!
Lola Mudcreek

United States

#19 Jan 30, 2012
We must band together and remove Webb from Office! The trial for this is Feb 6th. Every Floyd Countian who can be in that court room should be there!

Be aware this can happen to your child or loved one at anytime! Our citizens no matter how sick should never be placed in this situtation.

Loveland, OH

#20 Jan 31, 2012
Love how all the criminals come out if the wood work and defend each other. The people I know don't go to jail and of they did I hope someone kicks their ass.
Lola Mudcreek

United States

#21 Feb 11, 2012
Wow this story keeps getting wilder by the min!

Jail beating trial begins
by Jack Latta
Staff Writer
02.10.12 - 08:30 am

PRESTONSBURG — The question of whether a guilty man can still find justice will be answered over the next week, as five men who allegedly once shared a cell in the Floyd County Detention Center are tried for the near-fatal assault of a fellow inmate.

Opening statements and testimony began Thursday in Floyd Circuit Court, with Judge Johnny Ray Harris presiding.

The defendants, Ivan Gunnels Jr., 31, of Eastern; Christopher N. Newsome, 38, of Harold; Kevin Woods, 26, of Allen; Matthew Ritchie, 28, of Garrett; and Stephen Jervis, 50, of Prestonsburg, were each represented by their own counsel. Each man is charged with one count of complicity to first-degree assault in the beating of Fisher.

Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Jordan Turner began by giving her opening statement, saying,“Terry Fisher walked in cell 59 a normal, healthy man, and the evidence will show, that 72 hours later, he left on a stretcher, permanently destroyed, and the evidence will show, that these five defendants are responsible for that.”

Turner outlined the prosecution’s case, pointing to witness statement. Turner said Fisher was perceived as an easy target,“kinda slow” and who “wouldn’t fight back,” and that as a result of this perception, he was “harassed and tortured for 72 straight hours.”

Three of the five defense attorneys — Melissa Goodman, Gerald Derossett and Max Butler — opted to give opening statements, in which they pointed to a jail with no security cameras in the cells, overcrowding, routine fights and a gang mentality that appears in the dorm cells. The attorneys also held there was not sufficient physical evidence to support the charges and questioned the credibility of eyewitnesses, whom they claimed “got deals” to testify for the commonwealth.

One such person named by the defense was Larry Thomas Adkins, 30, of Pikeville, who had previously also been charged with complicity to first-degree assault, but is not being tried with the others.

Max Butler, attorney for Ivan Gunnels, pointed to the jail during his opening statement, noting that jail records state that his client wasn’t even in the same cell, despite agreed upon witness statements that affirm his presence. Butler also said jail officials forced Fisher to sign a Released on own Recognizance (ROR) form before taking him to the hospital, which released the jail from having to cover his medical expenses.

Testimony began with the prosecution’s first witness, Dr. Stephen C. Shy, the emergency room physician at Highlands Regional Medical Center (HRMC) who initially treated Fisher. Shy described Fisher upon coming into HRMC after his assault as having multiple brain hemorrhages, or bleeds, a facial fracture, a skull fracture, nasal bone fracture, multiple rib fractures, and severe bruising to his elbows and knees. Fisher also had fractured several vertebrae in his lower back, which Dr. Shy said he normally saw in ATV accidents and car crashes involving severe side impacts.

The trial is expected to resume today in Floyd Circuit Court, and could last well into next week.

On Aug. 10, 2008, Terry Fisher, then a prisoner at the Floyd County Detention Center, was reportedly found near death in his cell, after allegedly being assaulted by other inmates. One defendant originally named in the charges, Michael Rowland, died before he could be brought to trial.

Fisher, through his niece, Tina Green, is also currently involved in civil lawsuit being tried in U.S. District court against the Floyd County Detention Center.

First-degree assault is a Class B felony punishable by 10-to-20 years in prison.

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