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Larry Nassar stabbing sparked by molester’s lewd comment about wanting to watch ‘girls’ at Wimbledon: report

Florida federal prison inmate suspected of stabbing Larry Nassar says disgraced former sports doctor provoked attack by making obscene remarks while watching Wimbledon tennis match on TV , a person familiar with the matter told the Associated Press.

The inmate, identified as Shane McMillan, was charged with assaulting a prison officer at a federal prison in Louisiana in 2006 and stabbing another inmate to death at a federal supermax prison in Florence, Colorado in 2011. Court records show that he was convicted of

McMillan attacked Nassar in his cell on Sunday with a makeshift weapon, stabbing him multiple times in the neck, chest and back, before four other inmates rushed in to kill him, according to a person familiar with the matter. said to have been separated.

Prison officers assigned to Coleman’s unit of US prisons were called to Nassar’s cell and performed life-saving measures, officials said. He was taken to hospital, where he was in stable condition despite sustaining injuries including a collapsed lung on Wednesday.

Cell doors in most federal prisons are usually open during the day, allowing prisoners to move freely within the facility. Because Nassar was attacked in his cell, surveillance cameras, which only focused on common areas and corridors, did not capture the incident.

Former doctor Larry Nassar was stabbed repeatedly in a prison raid.

McMillan, 49, attacked Nassar after a former USA Gymnastics team doctor, who sexually abused him, told prison officials he wanted to see women play at Wimbledon. said.

The person was not authorized to speak publicly about the details of the attack or the ongoing investigation and spoke on the condition of anonymity.

Lawyers who have represented McMillan in previous lawsuits were left with a message requesting comment.

Sunday’s attack was the second time Nassar was assaulted while in federal custody. He has spent decades in prison on charges of sexually abusing athletes, including college and Olympic gymnasts, and possessing explicit images of children.

The attack highlighted persistent problems with the Federal Prison Service, including violence, understaffing, and an inability to keep even the most high-profile prisoners safe.

The Prison Service claims the prison where Nasser was stabbed was fully staffed, but documents obtained by the Associated Press show that one-third of prison officer posts are still filled there. It has not been.

In a statement Wednesday, the agency said it was “essential to increase staffing” and was using financial incentives to recruit and retain staff. Officials said they were still working “to address the problem of violence within the facility” and were enhancing security procedures, without elaborating.

“The BOP takes seriously our obligations to protect individuals in custody and keep corrections staff and communities safe,” said Scott Taylor, a spokesman for the agency.

“We are making every effort to ensure the physical safety of those confined to our facilities through a safe, humane and controlled environment,” Taylor said. “As we continue to emerge from a years-long pandemic, we will improve our agency, protect the lives of those who work for us, and ensure the well-being of those entrusted to our protection. There are still challenges and opportunities for

McMillan is scheduled to be released in May 2046, according to the Bureau of Prisons’ inmate database and court records, but that could change if he is charged and convicted of attacking Nassar.

McMillan initially pleaded guilty in 2002 to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in Wyoming and was sentenced to more than 20 years in federal prison. He was due to be released next year before more than doubling his sentence after being convicted in Louisiana and Colorado prison robberies.

In October 2006, McMillan punched a prison guard who approached him during an investigation into a previous inmate assault charge in the recreation yard of the United States Penitentiary in Pollock, Louisiana, according to court records. The impact knocked the officer to the ground and left him with cuts and bruises on his face and nose. McMillan was sentenced to an additional five years in prison.

In November 2011, McMillan and another inmate attempted to kill an inmate at the largest federal prison administration facility in Florence, Colorado, according to court records. McMillan and another inmate stabbed an inmate 66 times in a prison recreation area known as “Rocky’s Alcatraz.” For this attack, they were each sentenced to an additional 20 years in prison.

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