Judge: 50 years for eye-gouging prison assault

Judge: 50 years for eye-gouging prison assault

Judge: 50 years for eye-gouging prison assault

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by ASSOCIATED PRESS

KREM.com

Posted on March 14, 2013 at 2:09 PM

   SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- A convicted killer has been sentenced to another 50 years in prison for an attack that gouged out the eyes of a fellow Washington state prison inmate.


   Michael L. West Jr. was convicted of first-degree assault in the Oct. 10, 2010, attack in the Airway Heights Corrections Center near Spokane.


   On Wednesday, Superior Court Judge Tari Eitzen made the 50-year sentence consecutive to West's existing sentence. That means he won't be eligible for parole until 2098, when he would be 121 years old. West previously was convicted of killing a fellow inmate in 2004.


   The Spokesman-Review reports that the judge also ordered more than $70,000 in restitution to cover the medical bills of Chad Bolstad, who was permanently blinded in the attack.

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