WILLIAMSPORT – An inmate currently serving time at the Huntingdon State Prison was awarded $110,000 dollars in damages against two guards at SCI Coal Township. Pennlive.com reports that Linwood Brant of Philadelphia, claimed that retired Lieutenant Dale Williams and Corrections Officer Michael Knarr destroyed legal documents belonging to the inmate while he was at Coal Township State Prison back in 2011.
Brant claimed the guards did it in response to prior grievances and Brant’s announced intent to sue. Evidence that was presented during the 3-day trial showed other inmates had found Brant’s legal documents in the trash. Pennlive reports, Knarr was responsible for inventory and packing personal belongings of inmates being moved to restricted housing and Williams was responsible for the day to day operations of the prison.
The federal jury, made up of 6 men and 2 women, awarded Brant $10,000 in compensatory damages and $100,000 in punitive damages. Knarr is responsible for $60K and Williams for $40K.
Brant is serving a sentence of 90 to 200 years for robbery, rape, attempted rape, and involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, corruption of minors and possession of an instrument of crime.