An inmate at Baldwin State Prison is suing prison staff members for $150,000 and arguing that prison staff didn’t take necessary safety precautions after he was stabbed in 2011.
Eric J. Butler filed the lawsuit last week in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia.
In five handwritten pages, Butler alleges he was stabbed 20 times on Sept. 25 by six other inmates and was taken to a hospital to receive stitches. When he returned to the prison, located in Hardwick, he was housed in a one-man cell.
Later, a staff member instructed Butler to pack his belongings and prepare to move to another cell where he would be housed with other inmates, according to the lawsuit.
“I told him I wish to stay in a one-man cell,” Butler wrote.
Butler alleges he was forced to move to another cell Oct. 29. At about 5:40 a.m., he was stabbed again by the same inmates who injured him in September, according to the court filing.
He was taken to a Macon hospital to receive staples to close the wounds on his upper right shoulder, Butler wrote.
In the lawsuit, Butler argues that prison staff violated his 8th and 14th Amendment rights by failing to protect him from being attacked by another prisoner.
The guards knew there would be a substantial risk that Butler would be “seriously harmed,” and they failed to protect him, according to the lawsuit.
Georgia Department of Corrections spokeswoman Gwendolyn Hogan confirmed the dates of Butler’s injuries but declined further comment, citing the pending lawsuit.
Butler, who has been imprisoned twice since 2006, is serving time for robbery, theft and drug convictions, according to Department of Corrections records.
To contact writer Amy Leigh Womack, call 744-4398.