Share This Page

Ex-Allegheny County Jail official doesn't owe restitution for crime

| Tuesday, May 7, 2013, 6:33 p.m.

A former Allegheny County Jail administrator doesn't owe restitution to a former inmate he repeatedly punched, a federal judge ruled Tuesday.

James Donis, 50, of Shaler pleaded guilty in October to falsifying a report to cover up his attack on Gary W. Barbour, 31, after guards recaptured Barbour during an escape attempt.

U.S. District Judge Gustave Diamond in February sentenced Donis to eight months at a halfway house and five years of probation and said he would order restitution once prosecutors provided a figure.

Federal prosecutors on Monday filed a notice saying that because none of Barbour's medical bills is the result of Donis filing the false report, they don't appear to be covered by federal crime victim compensation laws. Barbour has a pending civil lawsuit against Donis and Allegheny County over his injuries.

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.