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October 4, 2007

Albany - A South Georgia prisoner is suing in federal court over injuries he got during a prison attack five years ago.  A federal jury is hearing the suit filed by convicted murderer Cass Lee Buttersworth.

He's suing over an attack at Calhoun State prison in 2002, saying not only did guards allow him to be beaten, but they provided other inmates with weapons.

In October 2002, Cass Lee Buttersworth was serving three consecutive life sentences at Calhoun State Prison for murdering his father's common law wife Jewel Mosely. He claims he was attacked by three other inmates--stabbed with a makeshift knife and beaten with a prison issued lock.

Buttersworth sued Department of Corrections officials claiming the defendants knew the locks they issued would be used as weapons and that he wasn't protected because inmates were left in an unsupervised and unmonitored area.

Buttersworth says the defendants violated his 8th and 14th amendment rights. He's asked for an injunction for immediate surgery and access to an eye specialist for his injuries. He's also seeking unspecified damages.

Buttersworth remains incarcerated at Telfair State Prison. Judge Louis Sands gave the jury the case around 1:45 PM Thursday afternoon, deliberations continue.    

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