Federal Inmate Bites off Fingers, Severs Genitals, Ear Lobes, Attempts Suicide, Held at Hernando County Jail
BROOKSVILLE – Over 10-years of solitary confinement in one of the country’s most notorious super-max federal prisons, led to one inmate committing horrible acts of self-mutilation inside the United States Penitentiary in Florence, Colorado.
56-year-old John Jay Powers was convicted in 1990 for bank robbery and sentenced to 41-years behind bars. According to numerous sources, Powers spent over a decade in solitary confinement, which led to Powers suffering from PTSD and eventually becoming mentally deranged.
During his incarceration, Powers attempted suicide multiple times, amputated his testicles and scrotum, and bit off his finger. Despite overwhelming evidence, a Bureau of Prisons Psychiatrist determined that Powers did not suffer from a mental disorder and was denied treatment. As a result, Powers bit off another finger, sliced of his earlobes, sawed through his Achilles tendon, and continued mutilating his genitals. Sources say Powers has repeatedly been disciplined instead of receiving medical treatment.
According to federal court records, Powers has filed appeals with the Federal Bureau of Prisons, claiming that they illegally confiscated funds to pay for fines and disciplinary actions.
The U.S. Marshal’s Service booked Powers into the Hernando County Jail yesterday to await a sentencing hearing in Tampa, according to the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office. There are no details available at this time, regarding new charges or convictions.
The Hernando County Sheriff’s Office receives Federal Funding to house Federal Inmates and ICE Detainees.
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