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Man died in prison after being ‘tied up, beaten, and assaulted’ by prison gang, family claims

Poppy Bilderbeck

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Man died in prison after being ‘tied up, beaten, and assaulted’ by prison gang, family claims

Featured Image Credit: GoFundMe/ Facebook/Justice For Daniel

**Warning: Contains mention of sexual assault, violence and injury.**

The family of an Alabama inmate are seeking 'justice' after he passed away from injuries allegedly sustained when 'beaten' and 'tortured' by a prison gang.

Daniel Terry Williams was serving a one-year sentence in Staton Correctional Facility with 14 days left before his release when he was found unresponsive on 22 October, according to prison officials.

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Alabama Department of Corrections told the New York Post Williams was found 'unresponsive' as a result of a 'possible inmate-on-inmate assault'.

In a statement, Alabama's DOC Public Information Manage Kelly Windham Betts said: "The decision was made to transfer him to an area hospital for further evaluation and treatment."

However, the 22-year-old's family have since claimed they were told by the prison's warden it was 'obviously a drug overdose' and weren't told about William's condition until 25 October - by the time of which he was 'brain dead' in hospital.

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Williams' stepmom Taylor Bostic told the Alabama Political Reporter: "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.

"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. And all he could say after that was it’s under investigation."

Daniel Williams' family say there were initially told he'd suffered an overdose. Credit: Facebook/ Tammy Williams
Daniel Williams' family say there were initially told he'd suffered an overdose. Credit: Facebook/ Tammy Williams

A prisoner later came forward to the outlet claiming Williams - a father of two young children - had been 'tied up, beaten and rented out for two to three days'.

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A GoFundMe created for Williams' family by his dad's employers states: "This baby was beaten, tortured and sexually assaulted at Staton Prison by a gang of people with only 14 days until his release."

On 5 November, it states Williams' parents had to make the decision to take their son of life support, Williams passing away four days later. His family are now fighting for 'justice'.

Williams' mom has spoken out on social media. Credit: Facebook/ Tammy Williams
Williams' mom has spoken out on social media. Credit: Facebook/ Tammy Williams

Williams' mom, Tammy, took to Facebook on 9 November to reflect how her 'world is gone' without her son.

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The post reads: "I will fight for justice for you Daniel I don't care what it takes and I paid you a promise that I will not break I promise you I would be here and I'm going to be here for your beautiful daughter and your beautiful wife everyday of my life until I see you again.

"I look at Danielle I see you I love you son it didn't deserve any of this you're a good kid I always have been a good kid no matter what anybody says and you had a big heart.

"You gave people hell but you were always my world as long as your brothers were and sister are you will be missed by many many people you are too young but tell your nona I said hello I'll see you soon I know in my heart you're in a better place but it's still not fair it's not fair at all for a parent to go through this to bury their baby.

"I can't I'm lost for words but I know I have a beautiful granddaughter that looks just like you that I can see everyday XOXO I love you to the moon and back son you will see me soon."

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A GoFundMe has been started to help pay for Williams' funeral. Credit: GoFundMe
A GoFundMe has been started to help pay for Williams' funeral. Credit: GoFundMe

Williams' family have reportedly hired a lawyer to find out what happened and who is responsible, in the hopes of preventing it from happening again.

ADOC said: "The ADOC Law Enforcement Services Division is investigating the incident."

Williams' dad resolved: "We've got to stop this. If I can save a couple lives. You know. I'm thankful."

If you have experienced a bereavement and would like to speak with someone in confidence, contact Cruse Bereavement Care via their national helpline on 0808 808 1677

Topics: News, US News, Crime, True crime, Money, Facebook, Social Media

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