Family Defends Man Nearly Killed In Jail Beating

He admitted being guilty of a terrible crime, but the family of a man beaten nearly to death says he should have received his punishment in a courtroom, not at the hands of inmates in jail.

Terry Fisher remains unresponsive in the hospital after police say he was attacked by 10 inmates. He
plead guilty to sexually abusing a child earlier this month.

Jail officials say when they found 44-year old Fisher lying in his cell they thought he'd had a seizure. Then they realized he'd been beaten. His family says even though he pleaded guilty, he didn't deserve this punishment.

"Just to see him... The way he is now... Tears me to pieces," explains Fisher's older sister, Marilyn Johnson.
She even though he pleaded guilty to unlawful transaction with a minor and third degree sexual abuse charges, her younger brother should have been dealt with in court.

"It shouldn't have happened. He didn't deserve this."

"I don't think inmates should be allowed to decide who they whip and who they don't. Even if they're behind bars--- they still have rights," explained Tina Green, Fisher's niece.

She describes her uncle is a good, humble person who shouldn't have been charged with those crimes.

"I'd stake my life he didn't do it. I trust him completely with my children."

Green says right now Fisher is unresponsive and still bleeding from his brain. She says doctors at Cabell Hospital say he ma never make a full recovery.

"We pretty much know we'll never get our Terry back.... The jail time they would have given him is nothing compared to this. They've given him a life sentence. They've given us one. For the rest of our lives we'll have to take care of him."

Jailer Roger Webb says Fisher was separated from the general jail population and placed in an area with inmates charged with similar crimes.

Three of the ten inmates charged with beating Fisher have not been arrested because they were released from the Floyd County Detention Center before charges were filed.


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  • by Rick Location: Georgetown on Sep 3, 2008 at 07:14 AM
    I think that most of these people saying that he didnt deserve to be beaten would be singing a different tune if this scum molested their child.
  • by Ron Jeremy Location: Behind on Sep 3, 2008 at 04:23 AM
    I think they should beat this guy with a whip while he's unconcscious. There's no excuse to do a child this way. None. Zero. I actually think they should handcuff him to the bed and beat him whiles he's in the hospital. Just my opinion, of course.
  • by Angela Location: Pikeville on Sep 2, 2008 at 09:44 PM
    What about the life sentence that the child has to serve??? That innocent child will have to live with this for the rest of it's life, so why shouldn't the one who admits to it have a life sentence too. If it was my child, he wouldn't have made it to jail, I would have. People like that are the lowest of low and deserve what they get. Everything you do comes back to you, so he got his.
  • by PikeHardNose Location: Pikeville, Ky. on Sep 2, 2008 at 07:02 PM
    GOOD FOR HIM!!! He didn't deserve this punishment??? Good, humble person??? WHATEVER... What about that little child that this sicko sexually abused. Terry Fisher gave this child and her/his family a life sentence too. Do you really think they will EVER forget that abuse??? NO WAY! I just hope he recovers enough to know why he got this good whipping!!! If you ask me, I'd say take some time off each of those 10 inmates sentence for defending this child's honor! WAY TO GO GUYS!!!
  • by Anonymous Location: Floyd County on Sep 2, 2008 at 04:38 PM
    I feel sorry for the ten inmates that were locked up with this scum. I hope they all get a medal and get to take some long hot showers. He's filth. He admitted to molesting a child. How can anyone feel sorry for him? I'm sure his family loves him, but they have to understand that the man committed an act so horrible that other CRIMINALS were outraged.
  • by BLACKSHEEP Location: EVERYWHERE on Sep 2, 2008 at 05:21 AM
    ANYONE WHO RAPES, ABUSE, KIDS AND WOMEN....THEN GO TO JAIL OR PRISON, THE INMATES CONSIDER THEM THE LOW OF LOW. THEY ARE MARKED. YOU WOULD'NT BELIEVE IT BUT INMATES DO HAVE A CODE OF "STANDARDS" ON THE CRIMES THEY COMMIT. ENYONE WHO WOULD DO THIS TO A CHILD OR WOMEN DESEVE MUCH WORSE.....SO I " DO NOT " FEEL SORRY FOR THIS PERSON.
  • by BILL Location: ASHLAND on Sep 2, 2008 at 12:59 AM
    IT APPEARS THAT HE GOT WHAT WAS COMING TO HIM. YES, THATS WHAT THEY ARE CALLED AND THAT IS INMATES. THAT IS FOR A REASON. THEY COMMITTED A CRIME OF SOME SORT. BUT THERE COMES ALONG A CHILD MOLESTER WHO OTHER INMATES WILL NOT TOLERATE. IT GOES TO SHOW YOU THAT JUST BECAUSE THERE MAY BE 10 DRUG ADDICTS DONT MEAN THEY DONT HAVE A CONCIOUS OR A HEART WHEN IT COMES TO A CHILD. BUT I WILL TELL YOU THAT IF YOU ARE ACCUSSED OR CONVICTED OF A SICKENING CRIME AS SUCH YOU WILL GET A JAIL HOUSE ADJUSTING. ITS THE INMATE JUDICIAL SYSTEM INSIDE THE CORRECTIONAL FACILITY. ALL I CAN SAY IS DONT COMMIT A SICK CRIME SUCH AS CHILD MOLESTING OR A SEX CRIME OF SOME SORT. THEN THERE WONT BE A PROBLEM. IN THE COURTS ANYMORE THE CONVICTED DOES NOT GET ANY PUNISHMENT AT ALL. WELL THIS IS ONE WAY THAT IT IS GIVEN TO THEM. HE ADMITTED TO IT. HOW CAN SOMEONE SAY THEY TRUST HIM WITH THERE KIDS AFTER HE ADMITTED IT. ABSOLUTELY SICK. THIS CHILD HAS TO LIVE WITH IT FOR THE REST OF ITS LIFE. LIFE LONG SCAR. HOW SAD....
  • by Victim Location: Kentucky on Sep 1, 2008 at 09:14 PM
    I have been sexually molested, and I feel that any person that does this to children should die for it. People do not realize what it causes for the vicitms. The sister says she trust him with her kids well she better be ready to handle the trama her kids will go through when he does it to them. I do not feel sorry for him at all and I think he deserved what he got.
  • by B Location: Ky on Sep 1, 2008 at 09:00 PM
    Don't put the blame on the jailer or his deputies, they do their job, they can't stay in the cells with the inmates all the time, if this man was harrassed for 3 days, he could have told the deputies,they are in the cells several times a day to check on the inmatesto serve trays, give out medicine, mail and etc. it was wrong for the inmates doing what they did but they are to blame not the employees.don't criticize until you really know what you are talking about maybe you need to work at a detention center before you are so eager to place blame
  • by Karen Location: Kentucky on Sep 1, 2008 at 05:26 PM
    The solution to the problem of prisoners getting beat up in jail is...don't commit crimes and stay out of jail!! Yes, we have all sinned but we also reap what we sow. God does forgive us of our sins (if we are truly repentant) but we must still pay the consequences that come along with the sins we commit. If you touch the hot burner on the stove you will get burned, it's not that hard to understand. Of course, this man and his family and his victims all need prayer, but when you do negative things, you're not going to reap positive reactions, you're going to reap negative reactions. That might not make it right but it is a fact of life and I would think that by the time a person is an adult that is something they would have already learned.

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