Inmate held up as example of injustice at former Tamms prison given new sentence (2/21/14 12:35 pm)

Posted: February 23, 2014 by scaryhouse in Uncategorized

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
February 21, 2014 – 12:35 pm EST

SPRINGFIELD, Illinois — An Illinois prison inmate held up as an example of injustice at the former Tamms supermax prison has had his sentenced recalculated.

WJBC Radio in Bloomington reports (http://bit.ly/1p1UcCv ) Friday that Anthony Gay will be eligible for release from the prison in Pontiac in August 2018.

The 38-year-old Gay had been sentenced to 97 years for a series of prison-guard assaults. That landed him in the southern Illinois Tamms prison — since closed. Human rights advocates said his behavior was more a function of mental illness than criminality.

A Livingston County judge ordered the Illinois Department of Corrections to recalculate the sentence — saying the 97-year stint didn’t follow sentencing guidelines.

Gay was originally sentenced to seven years in prison in 1994 for a Rock Island robbery.

via Inmate held up as example of injustice at former Tamms prison given new sentence (2/21/14 12:35 pm).

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