Brutal beating reported at Augusta medical prison

An Atlanta man reported he was brutally beaten two months ago at Augusta State Medical Prison and left with 45 staples in his head and a black eye, according to a Richmond County sheriff's report filed Monday.

The victim, David Lawton, 29, made the report about the June 15 incident post-release at the Holiday Inn on the 2100 block of Gordon Highway.
Lawton said five men, Travis Norman, 23, Xavier Smith, 19, Vincent Wells, Shikia Hardy, 22 and Johnny Holiday, 41, attacked him from behind while he was standing at a urinal, a report states.
He said they hit him with their fists and with locks tied to shoe strings, then took all of his belongings from his locker: a pair of sneakers; a white robe; $150 worth of food; and $30 in towels, sock and underwear, according to a report.
The reporting deputy said he saw several lacerated scars on Lawton's head. Lawton plans to press charges of simple battery and theft by taking.

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