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Lawsuit: NM ex-death row inmate beaten in prison

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A former death row inmate convicted of murder and rape has filed a federal lawsuit after he says he was severely beaten in a New Mexico prison.

An attorney for Michael Guzman filed the lawsuit against the Department of Corrections earlier this month alleging that prison officials failed to protect the 48-year-old by placing him with “known enemies.”

According to court papers filed in U.S. District Court in Albuquerque, prison officials violated Guzman’s civil rights shortly following a 2011 transfer to the Northeast Correction Facility in Clayton, N.M.

The lawsuit says Guzman he spent a month in a hospital after the beating.

The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages and cost for medical bills.

Patrick Allen, an attorney representing the state Department of Corrections, denied the allegations in court documents.