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Jury awards $2.7M to man beaten by Maryland prison guards

Associated Press

A Maryland jury has awarded nearly $3 million to an inmate who was beaten by prison guards almost six years ago in what his attorney called a "systemwide failure."

The Daily Record of Baltimore reports jurors in Baltimore awarded $2.7 million to Kevin Younger, who was assaulted by officers at the Maryland Reception, Diagnostics & Classification Center in Baltimore in 2013.

Officers beat Younger the day after he witnessed other inmates assaulting a guard. Younger's lawsuit said three officers attacked him as "misplaced retaliation" because they believed he was involved in the attack.

Attorney David Daneman said the attack resulted from a "systemwide failure" at the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services.

The trial began June 3 in a Baltimore court, and jurors reached their decision Wednesday.

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