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Hawkins inmate undergoes surgery for broken spine suffered in jail attack

Jeff Bobo • Updated Jun 11, 2018 at 9:32 AM

ROGERSVILLE — A Hawkins County Jail inmate who was reportedly beaten by two fellow inmates shortly after being placed in his cell underwent surgery last week for a severed spine.

Scott Mitchell Stanley, 45, 280 Campbell Drive, Rogersville, was charged with felony marijuana possession on June 1.

According to HCSO Deputy Cory Young, who investigates crimes that occur inside the jail, Stanley was placed in a cell with two other inmates shortly after he was booked into jail.

It is alleged that as soon as he was left alone with his two cellmates he was attacked, but it's not known exactly how he suffered the spinal injury.

Hawkins County EMS responded to the jail and transported Stanley to the Hawkins County Memorial Hospital emergency room.

Stanley was subsequently transferred to another hospital, where he reportedly underwent spinal surgery last Tuesday. Due to his status as an inmate, Stanley's location won't be released to the public.

There was also no information available about Stanley's post operation condition.

The attack is under investigation and the two suspects are identified.

There is an alleged motive for the attack, but that information isn't being released.

Young did say, however, that it was discovered after the attack had taken place that Stanley and his attackers knew each other.

However, Young sad there was no information prior to the attack that would have led jail staff to believe Stanley was in danger.

Young said he will interview Stanley about the attack when Stanley is able.

The full extent of Stanley's injuries aren’t yet known, and that will be a factor in what charges are sought against the attackers.

When the investigation is completed the results will likely be presented to the Hawkins County grand jury.

The two suspects are serving long-term jail sentences, and Young said they will both still be in jail by the time this case goes to the grand jury.

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