Witness in Woods Run case files suit claiming assault by guards
A state inmate who testified this week in the prosecution of a former Woods Run prison guard claims in a federal lawsuit filed Thursday in Pittsburgh that two guards physically assaulted him in separate incidents in December 2010.
James Turner, age and address unavailable, claims that former guards Tory Kelly, 41, of Aliquippa and Harry Nicoletti, 61, of Coraopolis committed the assaults, said Turner's lawyer, Angus Love of the Pennsylvania Institutional Law Project.
Closing arguments are scheduled for Friday in Kelly's trial on 14 counts that include simple assault and official oppression. Nicoletti is scheduled to stand trial Jan. 8 on 89 counts, according to Allegheny County court records.
Nicoletti's lawyer declined comment. A spokeswoman for the Department of Corrections couldn't be reached for comment.
Brian Bowling is a reporter for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-325-4301 or email@example.com.
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