Kentucky inmate’s lawsuit alleges jailer ordered beating

SHELBYVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky inmate alleges in a lawsuit that a deputy jailer ordered inmates to beat him because he had dated the deputy’s wife.

Joshua Reece had accused Shelby County deputy jailer William Anthony Carey of directing about a dozen inmates to beat him for hours until he lost consciousness, The Courier-Journal (http://cjky.it/2bZpvR4) reported.

The lawsuit, filed against the county and several Shelby County Detention Center employees Thursday, also said Reece wasn’t immediately taken for medical treatment after the attack and nurses at the jail generally ignored his pleas for treatment.

Reece said he suffered multiple fractures to the head. He eventually underwent corrective surgery.

“It is amazing that in 2015 in modern America, that such a savage beating could take place in a jail or other institution, where an individual is helpless, especially when you find out that the beating was directed by one of the people who is supposed to keep that individual safe,” Reece’s lawyer Garry Adams said.

Carey was later fired and pleaded guilty to complicity to assault and official misconduct.

Carey’s lawyer, Nathan Riggs, did not respond to a request for comment from the newspaper.

Shelby County Attorney Hart Megibben said he didn’t know about the case.

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