By JIM SECKLER/The Daily News
Leroy Montoya, 43, filed the suit Sept. 25 in U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona. Named in the lawsuit were Sheriff Tom Sheahan, Jail Director Bruce Brown, the deputy director, seven correction officers, a sheriff deputy, a Kingman police officer and a jail nurse. Montoya is currently serving his sentence at a prison near Yuma.
The complaint stems from a 15-minute racial fight that started a little after 10 p.m. May 17, 2007 when Montoya and six Hispanics were reportedly attacked by 40 Caucasians at the county jail. Six of the correction officers and another witness watched the fight and reportedly did nothing, the complaint stated.
Montoya complained of broken fingers and ribs, possible head injuries, cuts and bruises to the head. The complaint stated that the doctor told Montoya he was dehydrated and to drink water.
In March, Montoya was sentenced to 26 years in prison after being convicted for criminal damage, fraud and participating in a street gang. He was also sentenced to an additional 10 years in prison after he was convicted in May of theft and trafficking in stolen property. He also was sentenced to four years in prison after being convicted in May 2007 of theft and fraud but the Arizona Court of Appeals threw out one of the charges.