Former inmate says he was forced into ‘fight club’ by prison guards

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YORK COUNTY, Pa. (WPMT) – A former inmate has filed a federal lawsuit against a group of York County prison guards.

The lawsuit says that prison guards forced former inmate James Hicks to chug an entire gallon of milk, eat a spoonful of cinnamon, snort spicy ramen noodle powder, snort crushed up candy, drink bottles of water containing pepper spray foam and drink a concoction called “Mystery Soup.”

Authorities say “Mystery Soup” consisted of olives and cleaning supplies.

The lawsuit also says the guard allegedly punched Hicks until his arms and legs were numb and forced him to wrestle another inmate.

Officials say it was all part of a fight club known as the “Retard Olympics.”

“I was shocked that a person in authority would engage in these sorts of activities with an inmate, a person who is powerless by design,” said Richard Maurer, Hick’s attorney.

However, this isn’t the first lawsuit accusing the prison guards of this type of crime.

Several lawsuits have been filed against David Whitcomb, Mark Haynes, Adam Marcini and Daniel Graff.

Representatives for the guards maintain that their clients are innocent.

“We had speculation that maybe he was in this for money. Now, we essentially have admission and, in a sense, a confession. This guy is looking for a payday,” said Steve Rice, Daniel Graff’s attorney.

Rice questions why Hicks didn’t report the abuse when he first alleged it started in 2009.

“We expect to develop in discovery that there were compelling reasons why Mr. Hicks did not report the abuse to the warden or to other supervisory personnel,” said Maurer.

Hicks transferred to a different county prison after the alleged abuse surfaced in 2013.

A criminal case against the guards is set to go to trial in December.


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