State prison inmate loses federal lawsuit

James Shaw
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A South Dakota State Prison inmate serving time for attempted murder and aggravated assault out of Custer County has lost his federal lawsuit against two corrections officials alleging cruel and unusual punishment.

41-year old James Elmer Shaw claimed associate warden Troy Ponto and unit manager Al Madsen had failed to provide adequate medical care and that Ponto had retaliated against Shaw for requesting a handicapped access cell.
In a release, South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley said "We are pleased that the jury saw through the inmate's spurious accusations."