Man charged in beating of Garland County inmate

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) - A man already charged with attempted murder and kidnapping faces more charges following the severe beating of a Garland County Jail inmate.

The Sunday attack left 27-year-old Matthew J. Hale with fractures to bones in his face and other injuries. Officials say Hale was hospitalized and will need treatment from a specialist to recover from the injuries.

The Sentinel-Record reports ( ) 23-year-old James Elijah West is charged with the beating. He and another man were already jailed on aggravated robbery, kidnapping and other charges.

Hale was in custody awaiting trial on robbery and theft charges for allegedly robbing three convenience stores.

West was charged in the beating on Monday.

The fight took place inside a cell and was broken up by guards.

Information from: The Sentinel-Record,

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