UPDATE: Inmate left paralyzed returns to prison

Published: Sep. 6, 2019 at 7:00 PM EDT
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UPDATE: Oct. 17 6:02 p.m.

The quadriplegic inmate whose family is suing the Florida Department of Corrections has returned to prison in Marion County.

Cheryl Weimar, 51, claimed she became paralyzed after four guards beat her in August. Weimar's family subsequently issued a lawsuit against the state's department of corrections.

Now Weimar's attorney is filing a motion to have her transferred back to a long-term care facility, so Weimar can receive adequate care, the attorney said. Weimar is currently being held at Florida Women's Reception Center.



The family of 51-year-old Cheryl Weimer is suing the Florida Department of Corrections after they said an officer brutally attacked her leaving her a quadriplegic.

Weimer's lawyers now claim there's evidence of multiple inmate witnesses who have been threatened by correctional officers.

Now lawyers have filed a motion to keep Lowell employees away from Weimer while she's in the hospital.


Cheryl Weimar has been an inmate at Lowell Correctional since 2016. She's serving time for aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and resisting an officer with violence, set to be released two years from now.

Nearly two weeks ago, Weimar told her attorney she was beaten by correctional officers. Her lawsuit says she was beaten so severely that they broke her neck, leaving her quadriplegic.

"This is a 51-year-old woman who was beaten and we have so many witnesses that saw every single moment of it"

Now Cheryl Weimar's family is taking legal action.

"There's a likelihood that she'll need a tracheal tube for the rest of her life so she can breathe certainly she won't be able to get around she's a quadriplegic so she's going to need around the clock medical care for the rest of her life," John Vernaglia.

Vernaglia tells TV20 he's waiting to hear whether Florida's Department of Corrections will allow him to take photos and videos of Weimer in the hospital, along with granting access to the prison's surveillance footage.

"It doesn't seem to be any repercussions for staff nothings happening. They go under investigation or they get moved to another compound they drive around on perimeter and that's their job, they still pull a paycheck nothings happening there are no repercussions, there's no price to be paid," said Bennett.

The Department of Corrections issued a statement saying the full details of this incident are unclear at this time and that the Florida Department of Law Enforcement will be leading the investigation.

The officers involved have been reassigned to posts with no contact with inmates.

"Doing time is hard enough but there's no excuse for abuse," said Kim Lawrance, prison activist.

Lawrance will be joining hundreds of people Saturday in silent protest at Lowell to show support for Weimar.

"We're tired of the ongoing abuse it just seems to not end," said Lawrance.

Bennett is organizing the protest and shares what she thinks could help shed light on inmate abuse.

"I want the staff to wear body cameras because if you think about it if law enforcement out here has to wear a body camera they should wear them in there," said Bennett.

Weimar's attorney says he's seeking money damages for the medical care they say she'll need for the rest of her life. At this time a price has not been determined as they are still assessing Weimer's conditions.

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