Suit expected to be filed on behalf of inmate who died in Garner
DANBURY-A lawsuit alleging a handcuffed prisoner was pepper-sprayed and beaten to death by correctional officers earlier this year at a Newtown prison is expected to be filed in state court.
The suit brought by Lynnette Richardson on behalf of J’Allen Jones will name 10 correctional officers it accuses of participating in the events that led to Jones’ death. It also names Scott Semple, the state commissioner of corrections and Anthony Corcella, the warden of the Garner Correctional Institution in Newtown as defendants and accuses them of knowing the 10 officers were unfit for duty.
Jones, 31, of Georgia had been incarcerated since 2014 and was serving a 10-year term for robbery. The complaint claims that on March 25, 2018 he was brought to Garner’s mental-health unit where he was beaten by the defendants and suffered a broken neck.
The state’s medical examiner ruled Garner’s death a homicide but that does not necessarily mean the prison staff acted inappropriately.
As a result of his death, the suit claims Jones will be unable “to make contributions to his household resulting in loss of income and earning capacity to his estate.”
A. Paul Spinella, a Hartford lawyer, is bringing the suit on behalf of Richardson, who is the administratrix of Jones’ estate.