A New York City jogger’s alleged killer has been reportedly complaining about life in jail at Rikers Island as he awaits a retrial for the murder of Karina Vetrano.
In a series of phone interviews with the New York Post, Chanel Lewis, 22, complained about alleged abuse and the disturbing masturbation habits of other inmates.
“Captains are trying to tell inmates to beat me up,” he told the Post, admitting that he hadn’t actually been injured, physically.
Last month, a mistrial was declared for Lewis. The jury was split over his guilt or innocence. Vetrano (pictured above) was murdered as she ran on a park trail in Howard Beach, Queens, in August 2016. Prosecutors said Vetrano had been sexually abused and strangled. Her father discovered the body. Lewis made a taped confession, but attorneys said the confession was wrongly obtained and should not have been admissible in the trial.
During his chats with The New York Post, Lewis complained about his fellow inmates’ semen and how it would get on the hands of female correction officers, and then on inmates food.
“Female guards’ hands [are a] health hazard,” he said. “Food inside the hot pot is contaminated.”
He also claimed that the female guards encourage masturbating inmates, telling them that they “wanna wrap their legs around them and get an orgasm. I think it’s really gross.”
A City Department of Corrections spokesman called the allegations “troubling, and claims about the safety and well-being of people in custody is something we take seriously. We will investigate this immediately,” according to the Post report.
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