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John Wizinsky alleges that prison staff were negligent in failing to take "reasonable care" to protect him from harm, and that he had suffered frequent nightmares and post-traumatic stress disorder. An attorney representing the Department of Corrections disputed that Wizinsky had suffered any permanent damage and defended the actions of state prison employees as professional and safety driven.

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William Harris, 22, was sentenced May 16 to a year in prison after agreeing to plead no contest to a reduced charge of third-degree assault, a misdemeanor. Harris initially had been charged with making a terroristic threat, a felony punishable by up to two years in prison. 

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