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Missouri prison inmate gets 22 years added to sentence after he repeatedly abused cellmate he was left alone with

July 14, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Missouri prison inmate gets 22 years added to sentence after he repeatedly abused cellmate he was left alone with

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A Missouri prison inmate was hit with an additional 22-year prison sentence after it was found he physically and sexually abused his cellmate, possibly for weeks.

A state investigation indicated that Missouri prison employees at Farmington Correctional Center neglected to check on 24-year-old Austin Gallup, and the victim of the abuse, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

Additionally, employees forged logs and failed to follow policy focused on protecting prisoners from other inmates.

The Post-Dispatch obtained details of the investigation through an open records request.

Austin Gallup was sentenced to an additional 22 years in prison for assaulting a cellmate.

Gallup pleaded guilty to sodomy and other charges in 2013. He was already in prison for statutory rape and sodomy of a child. He is now incarcerated at Potosi Correctional Center.

The victim had filed a $10 million suit earlier this year, but it was dropped to “exhaust administrative remedies,” attorney Cira Duffe said.

Duffe told the Post-Dispatch that the case “will be refiled.”

“During the fifteen days that Plaintiff was being tortured … no officer, case worker, mental health worker or a member of the medical staff observed, checked on, spoke to or had any contact with Plaintiff,” the lawsuit stated.

The victim, who is behind bars for the attempted kidnapping of a child, sustained a broken jaw and also battled post-traumatic stress.

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