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Lawsuit: New Mexico inmate left for dead in solitary

October 20, 2018

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The mother of a New Mexico inmate who died in a solitary confinement at a state prison is suing.

The Albuquerque Journal reports Jonella Luevano filed a lawsuit in state District Court this month over the 2016 death of her son, Francisco.

Francisco Luevano, who was in prison for several convictions, including voluntary manslaughter and aggravated battery on a peace officer, was found dead in his cell in October 2016.

The lawsuit says guards at the Penitentiary of New Mexico south of Santa Fe failed to check up on his for almost four hours despite requirements for close monitoring of inmates suffering from mental illness.

Court documents say guards later sprayed Luevano’s dead body with pepper spray.

She is seeking an unspecified amount in damages.

Corrections spokesman S.U. Mahesh declined to comment on the lawsuit.

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Information from: Albuquerque Journal, http://www.abqjournal.com

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