Assaulted inmate files lawsuit against several institutions and individuals
A federal inmate who was the victim of an attack at United States Big Sandy Penitentiary has filed a $1.5 million lawsuit against the Department of Justice, the Bureau of Prisons, and several unknown employees and inmates at the prison. Richard Wayne Parker, who is serving a life sentence for distributing cocaine and is now housed at the Federal Correctional Institute Herlong in California, filed his complaint with U.S. District Court in Pikeville Tuesday. In his complaint, Parker describes an attack on July 30, 2009, when he was assaulted by several inmates brandishing homemade knives. Parker says he was stabbed 27 times, suffering a punctured lung, facial scarring and multiple lacerations and puncture wounds to his face, forehead, scalp, neck and abdomen.