- Associated Press - Friday, December 2, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A Rhode Island inmate serving a life term for two murders has filed a federal lawsuit saying state corrections officials wrongly kept him in segregation and took away his visitation privileges over baseless heroin trafficking accusations.

The Providence Journal reports (https://bit.ly/2gvlpB4 ) Charles “Manny” Pona Jr. says his due process rights were violated and he was cruelly and unusually punished over the allegations.

Deputy Warden Jeffrey Aceto states in a memo there’s “overwhelming” evidence that Pona was involved in the trafficking scheme.

Pona wasn’t charged. He has denied the allegations.

Pona’s suit asks that the offense be struck from his prison record and a year of good time restored. It also seeks $365,000 each for compensatory damages, emotional distress and punitive damages.

The corrections department hasn’t been served. It declined comment.

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Information from: The Providence Journal, https://www.providencejournal.com


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