WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) - A federal jury has rejected allegations of mistreatment in prison by a Massachusetts man convicted of murder who became a paraplegic in a car crash while fleeing from police.
The Telegram & Gazette reports that the jury ruled Tuesday that the state prisons department did not violate the constitutional rights of Timothy Reaves.
Reaves was convicted in 1996 of the 1994 drive-by shooting death in New Bedford of a 14-year-old boy. He was paralyzed in a car crash after a high speed pursuit by police after the shooting.
His lawyers said he was mistreated by prison staff, and wasn’t allowed to go outside enough. The suit sought unspecified damages.
Department of Correction layers said prison workers did their best to address Reaves’ frequent complaints.
Reaves is serving a life sentence.
Information from: Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, Mass.), http://www.telegram.com
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