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Two VA Prison Officers Named in Suit Over Disabled Inmate's Death

Attorneys representing the sister of Charles Givens — a disabled inmate at Virginia's Marion Correctional Treatment Center who died after allegedly being beaten by correctional staff — have filed a new federal complaint naming two prison supervisors, NPR reports. Last year, NPR detailed allegations of abuse Givens may have suffered while incarcerated at Marion in a special unit for inmates with disabilities and mental illness. The original lawsuit filed last February by Givens' sister, Kym Hobbs, and her attorneys alleged that Marion correctional officers Anthony Raymond Kelly, Gregory Scott Plummer, Joshua Jackson, William Zachary Montgomery and Samuel Dale Osborne participated in the savage beating of 52-year-old Givens, killing him.

The amended lawsuit filed Sunday now includes Capt. Travis S. Poston and now-former Marion Warden Jeffery Artrip as defendants along with the five prison officers. It also lists a host of other gruesome allegations of conditions for inmates at Marion and the alleged inaction by prison supervisors when presented with evidence of abuse. Artrip was Marion's warden at the time of Givens' death. He has since left to serve as warden at another Virginia prison. Poston was the supervising officer to the five previously named staffers that Hobbs and her attorneys allege beat Givens to death. The lawsuit seeks at least $15 million in damages.


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