2nd inmate ends hunger strike at Ohio prison

By Associated Press

POSTED: 10:00 a.m. EDT, Jul 14, 2010

COLUMBUS: Officials say a second inmate at Ohio’s supermax prison has ended a hunger strike begun earlier this month over demands for medical treatment.

Prisons spokeswoman Julie Walburn says inmate Gary Roberts resumed eating at the Ohio State Penitentiary in Youngstown Tuesday morning, 10 days after he started refusing food.

Walburn said Wednesday that Roberts decided to eat following ongoing conversations with a physician.

She describes Roberts’ medical condition as “fine” and says he has been returned to a regular cell from the prison infirmary.

Roberts and another inmate began separate hunger strikes within days of each other after being denied medical care that prison officials said was not warranted. The other man ended his five-day protest last Friday.

COLUMBUS: Officials say a second inmate at Ohio’s supermax prison has ended a hunger strike begun earlier this month over demands for medical treatment.

Prisons spokeswoman Julie Walburn says inmate Gary Roberts resumed eating at the Ohio State Penitentiary in Youngstown Tuesday morning, 10 days after he started refusing food.

Walburn said Wednesday that Roberts decided to eat following ongoing conversations with a physician.

She describes Roberts’ medical condition as “fine” and says he has been returned to a regular cell from the prison infirmary.

Roberts and another inmate began separate hunger strikes within days of each other after being denied medical care that prison officials said was not warranted. The other man ended his five-day protest last Friday.

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