Lawsuit alleges more beatings at Kentucky River Regional Jail

By: Morgan Lentes Email
By: Morgan Lentes Email

HAZARD, Ky (WYMT) - The problems are not over for the Kentucky River Regional Jail. New allegations have surfaced in a lawsuit against the jail claiming another man was beaten and nothing was done about it.

Gary Hill is the plaintiff in the case and his lawyer, Justin Noble, said prisoners have rights too.

"He was beat up, kicked in the head and punched in the head. He was tied to a chair and continued to be beat on by the guards," said Noble.

Noble described what his client experienced back in 2012 and said it was unacceptable. In a grievance report filed by Hill after the incident, he wrote, "Damon Hickman and another guard entered my cell. He struck me in the face then kicked me in the head several times".

"You cannot just go around beating on people just because they are in jail. These are government workers and they work for the taxpayers. They do not have a right to do just what they want to do," said Noble.

In an unrelated case, Hickman faces manslaughter charges. He is accused of beating Larry Trent to death back in July with the help of another guard, William Howell.

Kentucky River Regional Jail Administrator Tim Kilburn said he could not comment at this time about the allegations against the jail. However, in an interview with WYMT earlier this year, he claimed the center had been incident free for years. A claim Noble strongly disagrees with.

"Mr. Hill filed a grievance report with the jail. They have the grievance report. So there is a history of beatings and grievance reports being filed at the jail. By them stating that this is the only incident in a few years is absolutely not true," said Noble.

He added that Hill just wants his day in court.

The lawsuit names not only Damon Hickman as a defendant but also Tim Kilburn, among other agencies.

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