Chris Young, now 28, of Muskogee was arrested in July of 2015 with a pre-existing wound to his right leg. He was jailed for seven months, during which he says he was denied medical treatment for the wound. Late last month, the leg was amputated below the knee, and Young says doctors tell him he could have kept the leg if he’d received medical treatment.
After seven months in the county jail, the charges against Young came before Judge Robin Adair.
“My attorney, Steve Money, went into a conference with the judge,” Young said. “When they came out of that meeting, the next day, I got a picture from Steve Money saying the charges were dismissed ‘in the interest of justice.'”
The leg injury, which was a self-inflicted gunshot wound, got progressively worse in jail, with pleas to jailers in person and over an electronic messaging system went unheeded, he said.
Sheriff Rob Frazier, who was not yet sheriff when Young was in jail, said he cannot comment on cases with ongoing litigation. Young has sued the sheriff’s office and Sandersfield personally for compensatory and punitive damages in federal court last month.
The lawsuit alleges unreasonable search, unlawful imprisonment and permanent physical injury cause by denial of his rights for medical attention.