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September 21, 2018
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Lawsuit: prison wouldn't stop softball game despite storm
(WOUB) - Two Ohio inmates are claiming a prison recreation director ordered them to keep playing a softball game during a thunderstorm in which lightning killed one prisoner and injured several others.

Two separate lawsuits claim a Chillicothe Correctional
Institution activity therapist told prisoners they would lose recreation privileges for six months if they didn't keep playing.

Former inmate Barrel Brown says he and several other prisoners asked activity therapist Scott Tomlison to stop the game in June 2005.

Tomlison declined to comment. Prisons spokewoman Andrea Dean says the agency does not discuss pending litigation.

Reports from guards show some took the storm seriously before the lightning. But reports also show a fast-moving storm with relatively little time to react.

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