On Wednesday, Crecita Williams sued the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) for the death of her son. He was pummeled to death incarcerated at the New York facility.
35-year-old Roberto Grant was jailed at the Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC) in New York. He was accused of pulling off a series of robberies. His mother is suing for $20 million for his wrongful death.
Grant Stole $700,000 Jewelry Before Pummeled to Death in Prison
Roberto Grant and his gang robbed Midtown jewelry stores and pulled off large heists. The gang also succeeded in another job when they stole several jewelries at a Cartier’s flagship store on Fifth Avenue. This includes a watch valued at $700,000. Grant had four other men on his team.
He was ultimately arrested and kept in jail, awaiting sentencing. Grant’s jail cell also housed several other inmates. What transpired within the cell remains a mystery. But, Grant’s fellow inmates descended upon him. They, then beat and pummeled to death.
The incident occurred on May 19, 2015. Roberto Grant was a father of two kids.
Prison Mom Accuses Federal Jail of Negligence & Cover-Up
In a suit filed at the Manhattan Federal Court, Grant’s mother said prison authorities told her he died from a drug overdose. However, the coroner’s report revealed Grant had no drugs whatsoever in his system.
The autopsy concluded that Roberto Grant died from a barrage of blunt force trauma. In other words, the Federal Bureau of Prisons inmate was pummeled to death in the cell.
Williams argues prison personnel at MCC should have prevented her son’s death by rescuing him in time and applying medical aids.
According to the court filing, Williams is contending that MCC tried to cover up the circumstances under which her son died.
She claims prison staff was negligent in their duties and failed to exercise duty of care to inmates.
She added MCC personnel did not offer adequate security, supervision and oversight. And, this resulted in Roberto Grant’s death.
“It was a terrible tragedy,” submitted Jesse Siegel, Williams’ lawyer. “Although he was in some trouble and facing some time in prison, he was a very nice young man with a wonderful young family and it’s a real shame.”
The Bureau of Prisons has not responded to this $20 million lawsuit.
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