VERNON COUNTY, Mo.--(05/17/2017) An inmate of the Vernon County Jail has filed a lawsuit against the jail, multiple jailers, and the sheriff for hosting what the inmate calls "fight nights."
According to the lawsuit, inmate Alexander Trexel claims he has been subject to cruel and unusual punishment as he was allegedly forced to participate in these "fight nights" at least nine times resulting in physical injuries, including but not limited to, a cut requiring stitches above his right eye, and fear and anxiety for his personal safety.
In the lawsuit, Trexel accuses staff at the jail of encouraging the "Fight Night" and rewarding an inmate by the name of Lavern Hill, to conduct “Fight Night” as a means of both entertainment for the staff and to control “D Pod," an area of the jail.
Those participants include jailer Joseph Housel, former jailer Bradley Gash, Deputy Ashley Alexander, Lt. Eric Terry, Chief Deputy Shayne Simmons, and Sheriff Jason Mosher.
Court documents show the parties involved were officially served the lawsuit on Tuesday, May 16, 2017.
Trexel is seeking more than $100 million in punitive damages.