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Jail inmate gets more time
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The final suspect in a 3-on-1 beat down of a fellow inmate at Warren County Jail – an attack that will cost taxpayers over $13,000 to fix the victimized prisoner’s broken jaw – has been sentenced.
The inmate, Scott Sebastain Willett, entered a guilty plea to the charge of misdemeanor assault and was directed by Circuit Court Judge Bart Stanley to serve an 11-month, 29-day sentence at 75 percent. That sentence will be served in addition to seven months he was also given for violating his probation for evading arrest, theft and initiating the process to manufacture meth. He could have faced three to six years in prison if convicted on the original charge of felony assault.
He is the last of three to enter a plea to the jail attack. Blake Campbell Raper got the most time of the group. He was sentenced to three years in prison on the indicted charge of felony assault. He is also serving more time for other charges.
The third member of the group, Jody Lynn Jennings, entered a guilty plea before Circuit Court Judge Bart Stanley to the reduced charge of assault. He was ordered to serve 60 days of an 11-month, 29-day sentence and must perform 16 hours public service work.
According to sheriff's investigator Kevin Murphy, an inmate’s jaw was broken in two places during the assault. The victim required surgery to fix the damage.
The three aggressors, who included Jennings, Raper and Willett, were linked to the attack by surveillance video which lawmen say showed them actively involved in the assault on their fellow inmate.
“A video recording discloses the victim was assaulted without cause by the three inmates,” Murphy said. “He was unable to defend himself.”
Murphy estimates the medical costs as a result of the assault will be in excess of $13,000, money that has to be paid by taxpayers.