Inmate guilty of Region 8 murder wins $100 from Claims Commission

Lorenzo Harvell (Source: Arkansas Department of Correction)
Lorenzo Harvell (Source: Arkansas Department of Correction)

LITTLE ROCK, AR (KAIT & AP) - The Arkansas Claims Commission has awarded $100 to an inmate who says he was left in handcuffs in a prison cell for more than an hour.

Lorenzo Harvell filed a complaint, arguing that guards at the East Arkansas Regional Unit near Brickeys left him handcuffed in his cell and that he was unable to get the guards' attention.

The state Department of Correction admitted that Harvell was accidentally left cuffed for 66 minutes. But the department says Harvell never brought it to the guards' attention.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports the Claims Commission found that Harvell did not suffer any "compensable damages" but awarded him $100 for the department's failure to follow policy.

Harvell pleaded guilty in 2009 to the first-degree murder of 32-year-old James Brimlett of Blytheville. Blytheville Police say Harvell shot Brimlett in the chest in 2008.

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