- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 31, 2002

Prison officials yesterday put sniper suspect John Lee Malvo back on a regular diet after the teenager stopped eating for a day and a half because the vegetarian "loaf" he was being fed made him sick, his court-appointed guardian said.
"The reason he stopped eating was because the cramps and diarrhea were so bad he could no longer bear it," said Todd G. Petit, who was appointed Mr. Malvo's guardian after he was moved to the Fairfax County jail. He said prison nurses discovered Mr. Malvo had been flushing the loaf down the toilet rather than eating it.
The Fairfax County Sheriff's Office yesterday confirmed the teen is back on a regular prison diet.
Mr. Petit requested the loaf for Mr. Malvo in November after the teen's requests for a specialized vegetarian meal were rebuffed. The loaf is a mixture of vegetable oil, raisins, carrots, spinach, powdered milk and other ingredients.
For about a year, Fairfax County has been serving the loaf in extreme cases as a punishment for uncooperative prisoners. Taste notwithstanding, it meets all the legal requirements of nourishment for prisoners. Most are sentenced to eat the loaf for five to seven days.
Mr. Malvo said he could not eat regular prison fare because he is a vegetarian and has special dietary needs as a Muslim.
But Fairfax County Sheriff Stan Berry said his office investigated and found Muslims do not require totally vegetarian meals.
Mr. Petit said that leaves Mr. Malvo to picking and choosing what he wants to eat of the regular meals.
"He doesn't eat the entree," Mr. Petit said. "He eats the side order and he eats the starch."
Mr. Petit says he visits Mr. Malvo twice a week and has been trying to keep his spirits up.
"Obviously he gets very depressed when he knows what [punishment] he's looking at," Mr. Petit said. "He realizes he has a long way to go."

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