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December 14, 2012

Delaware County Jail target of another lawsuit

PRYOR — JAY (AP) – Another former inmate of the Delaware County jail has filed a civil lawsuit against the Delaware County Commissioners and former Sheriff Jay Blackfox, but the new lawsuit has added former Sheriff Rick Littlefield.

Robert Lee Crockford, 54, of Colcord has filed suit on Dec. 10 asking in excess of $85,000 claiming he suffered substantial damages as a result of neglect from the employees in the Delaware County Jail.

A civil suit filed by Brendan M. McHugh, an attorney based out of Claremore, represents Crockford.

In Crockford's suit, he claims while incarcerated from Oct. 27, 2011 until Nov. 29, 2011, he was a prisoner charged with a child abuse by injury, and was threatened by other inmates after being labeled a child abuser. He claims he told jail personnel, but they ignored the claim and as a result he was assaulted and battered by other inmates resulting in three compression fractures in his spine, wrist fracture and two stokes, as well as failing to provide medical attention, according to the petition filed in district court.

A background check shows that Crockford was charged on Oct. 27, 2011 with a felony charge of child abuse by injury and a misdemeanor charge of domestic assault & battery in presence of a minor. On Nov. 29, 2011 the felony charge was dismissed and on Feb. 26, the domestic a&b was dismissed. On April 25, 2011, Crockford was charged with domestic assault & battery in presence of minor that was dismissed on Feb. 28, 2012. On Oct. 26, 2011, Jeannie Isabel Crockford and Emmalee Grace Crockford filed a protective order against Crockford that was dismissed on Nov. 29, 2011.

Crockford's suit is the second filed in Delaware County by Claremore attorney Brendan M. McHugh, and mirrors a civil suit filed on Nov. 8, 2012, filed by McHugh concerning Marty Duane Bales, 50, also of Colcord, naming the Delaware County Commissioners and former Sheriff Jay Blackfox.

Bales claims he suffered damages as a result of neglect culminating on May 28, 2011 while he was incarcerated and is asking in excess of $85,000.

Bales claims while incarcerated he was subjected to cruel and unusual punishment, not having his medicine dispensed, while being interrogated, was denied the use of his oxygen machine and was forced to sign documents that were false by employees of the Delaware County Jail. He claims these actions were a result of inadequate training and the failure to property train employees by Delaware County.

A background check on Bales shows a felony charge of shooting with intent to kill in Mayes County filed July 8, 1992. He received 5 years probation starting Jan. 19, 1993 and ended Dec. 14, 1993.

In Delaware County he was charged with assault and/or battery with a dangerous weapon, a felony, filed Dec. 16, 2005. He received a 10 year suspended sentence.

On March 28, 2011 he was charged in Delaware County on a felony charge of possessing firearms after a conviction or during probation.

He was arrested for failure to pay those charges on May 28, 2011. He was released and failed to appear in court on Aug. 25, 2011. A motion to revoke his suspended sentence was filed, an arrest warrant was sworn out and a bond of $40,000 was set.

He was released on March 7.

On Aug. 13, 2012, Bales received a 10 year suspended sentence, fines and probation on both felony cases.

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