- Associated Press - Friday, October 17, 2014

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - A New Mexico inmate was attacked by 10 other prisoners while two on-duty state Corrections Department officers slept, according to a lawsuit.

In court papers filed this week in Santa Fe District Court, Beau Musacco, 34, said he suffered a collapsed lung during a May 2013 attack, but he didn’t receive medical care after repeated requests, Santa Fe New Mexican reports (https://goo.gl/EsKEBD).

The lawsuit against the Department of Corrections also says its employees had known for months that Musacco was not safe in the general population. But Warden German Franco and Deputy Warden Alisha Tafoya-Lucero still released Musacco from segregation.

Musacco also says in the lawsuit that corrections officers had harassed him for years, and that some of them had “spread inflammatory mistruths to other inmates,” hoping that Musacco would be harmed.

Musacco is serving two life terms for gunning down two Albuquerque women on New Year’s Day in 2007.

Corrections spokeswoman Alex Tomlin confirmed that Musacco was involved in an attack in May 2013 that required medical attention.

Musacco was treated for his injuries immediately and was taken to Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center for further treatment, she said. “The officers responded exactly as they were trained to do,” Tomlin said.

Musacco is seeking monetary damages of at least $400,000. He’s asking for lifetime health care for medical issues related to the collapsed lung, mental-health care for psychological damage that resulted from the attack and a medical mattress.

Musacco also is requesting to be released to a lower security prison or transferred to another state penitentiary.

He is eligible for parole in 2039.


Information from: The Santa Fe New Mexican, https://www.sfnewmexican.com

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