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Inmate sues over jail treatment

Mangold sentenced to 30 months of prison after drug convictions

Staff writer

Jail inmate Jonathan L. Mangold has filed a hand-written lawsuit petition seeking $1 million from the county, claiming his treatment in the county jail is “cruel and unusual punishment.”

Mangold on Oct. 2 — the same day he was convicted and sentenced on a handful of criminal charges — filed what he called a “Motion of civil lawsuit violation of 14th amendment rights, as well as mistreatment of a confined person, cruel and unusual punishment and treating others with favortism. Being prejudice.”

His rambling motion complains that he was denied hygiene items and a shower, kept in a booking cell for three days, threatened and beaten by other inmates, treated badly by jail staff, and that his broken top denture causes problems when he eats but he has not been taken to a dentist. He complains that the food is insufficient and his stomach cramps up. Mangold also complains he has “put in at least 12 medical request(s) needing to see doctor and dental.”

Sheriff Robert Craft said inmates have access to showers but whether they choose to take a shower is up to them. Craft also said food served in the jail complies with regulations.

As for Mangold needing new dentures, Craft said the jail is not required to supply that.

“We’re required to take care of their health and well-being, but we’re not required to improve their situation,” Craft said.

“In as such they are violating my 14th amendment rights, which is a federal offense as they are depriving me and others of life, liberty, or property without due process of law,” he wrote.

In a second document filed Oct. 3, Mangold filed what he called an “affidavit of cruel and unusual punishment suit” that rehashes the same complaints and said he wants “relif for mental and emotional duress due to such inhumane treatment and in as such order I Jonathan Levi Mangold be afforded proper care and treatment as well as reimbursement for mental wear and tear being wrongfully held in this seg setting cell for no reason has done to me. In the sum of $1 million dollars.”

Mangold was arrested May 21 on drug charges and bonded out. He was arrested June 4 on another set of drug charges and battery of a law enforcement officer, and bonded out. His third arrest, on July 14, was for revocation of bond. He has remained in jail since that time.

On Oct. 2, he was convicted of possession of morphine, possession of THC, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving while his license was canceled, and transporting an open container of alcohol.

He was sentenced to 30 months in prison and ordered to pay $1,298 costs, $150 attorney fee, $210 fines, with the sentence to run consecutive to an earlier case.

In that case, he was convicted June 19 of possession of methamphetamine, interference with law enforcement, possession of THC, battery of a law enforcement officer, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was sentenced to 28 months in prison and ordered to pay $293 court costs.

On Oct. 4, his court-appointed lawyer for his criminal cases filed an appeal of adverse rulings in his Oct. 2 sentencing. No lawyer has entered an appearance on Mangold’s behalf for his lawsuit.

Craft said paperwork to have Mangold transferred to prison is in process.

Last modified Oct. 11, 2017