RAY BROOK - An inmate at the Federal Correctional Institution at Ray Brook who was assaulted last week is still hospitalized.
The inmate is in stable condition, prison spokeswoman Robin VanWeelden said Tuesday afternoon. VanWeelden said the incident is under investigation by state police and no specific details can be released.
Shaymar Walker, 27, was discovered lying alone on his cell's floor around 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 6, severely beaten and bloody and with extensive facial and skull trauma after apparently having been assaulted. He was brought to Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington, Vt.
Walker was sentenced to 97 months imprisonment in a Connecticut federal court for possession of ammunition by a convicted felon. His projected release date is April 28, 2013.
State police officials did not return calls seeking comment by press time.
A relative of Walker who asked not to be named told the Enterprise that Walker fell out of his hospital bed Monday and that doctors speculated he may have suffered a light stroke as a result of the beating. The relative said Walker was handcuffed to the bed and being watched by two guards when family members visited him Friday.
The relative said Walker, who was on a respirator for a time when initially hospitalized, is able to breathe on his own and talk, but his speech is somewhat incoherent and movement on the right side of his body is limited, and doctors think there is brain damage.
The relative also said the family is worried about what could happen to Walker if he returns to FCI Ray Brook.
"We want him transferred," the relative said. "If he got assaulted and goes back there, they might kill him next time."
"At this time, I cannot speculate as to whether the hospitalized inmate will return to FCI Ray Brook," VanWeelden said in an e-mail.
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