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KY Inmate Who Dated Deputy's Wife, Beaten In Jail, Wins Lawsuit

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A former Kentucky inmate has been awarded $2.2 million in a lawsuit that accused a deputy jailer of ordering inmates to beat him because he had dated the deputy’s wife. A federal jury returned the verdict in favor of Joshua Reece. He suffered a brain injury and facial fractures in the 2015 attack at the Shelby County Detention Center after his arrest on shoplifting charges.

Garry Adams, one of Reece’s lawyers, says Shelby County will have to pay the damages because ex-officer William Anthony Carey was acting in the scope of his employment. Carey is serving a four-year sentence for federal civil rights violations.