An Alabama, USA inmate died after being beaten, tortured and sexually assaulted in prison for days just two weeks before he was due to be released, according to his family.
How he was killed two weeks before his release date
Daniel Williams, a 22-year-old dad of two children, was near the end of his one-year sentence for second-degree theft when he was found unresponsive on Oct. 22 at Staton Correctional Facility, two weeks before he died in a hospital, prison officials confirmed to The Post on Monday, November 13.
It was reported as a ‘possible inmate-on-inmate assault,’ two weeks before he eventually died in a hospital, the Alabama Department of Corrections confirmed.
How warden tried to cover the assault
However, Williams’ family claims they were not told until October 25 that he was brain-dead in the hospital and that warden Joseph Headley blamed it on drugs.
‘I spoke to the warden myself, and he said it’s obviously a drug overdose,’ Williams’ stepmom, Taylor Bostic, told the Alabama Political Reporter.
She and Williams’ dad, Terry, ‘just assumed he got a hold of some bad drugs or something,’ she said.
‘He’s so beaten up’
‘And when we went to see him, he’s beaten and bruised up and you can tell where his hands were bound. I mean, you can tell it’s obviously not a drug overdose,’ she said.
‘And that’s when [dad Terry Williams] called the warden and asked him why the hell he told us that his son is dying from a drug overdose when it’s obviously assault,’ his stepmom said.
‘And all he could say after that was it’s under investigation.’
Violence in prison
They eventually learned he had been kidnapped and raped or ‘tied up, beaten, and rented out for two to three days’ by another prisoner, the outlet reported, citing prison sources who claimed such violence was not uncommon there.
An online fundraiser also said he ‘was beaten, tortured and sexually assaulted … by a gang of people with only 14 days until his release.’
The dad of two was taken off life support on November 5 and died four days later.
Terry Williams and Bostic say they have hired a lawyer to hold someone accountable and prevent future attacks, according to the report.
‘We’ve got to stop this,’ the grieving father said.
‘The decision was made to transfer him to an area hospital for further evaluation and treatment.
‘He remained at the hospital until the family decided to remove him from life support,’ Alabama’s DOC Public Information Manager Kelly Windham Betts said in a statement.
‘The ADOC Law Enforcement Services Division is investigating the incident,’ the department said, without saying if any charges have been pressed.