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Prison fight leaves inmate paralyzed

Posted January 14, 2015

Moshesh Gooding, left , and Marc Farrar

— A 61-year-old inmate who is six months from being released from prison is paralyzed from the neck down following a fight at Caledonia Correctional Institution, Halifax County authorities said Wednesday.

Deputies on Tuesday charged two inmates in connection with the fight, which occurred last month at the prison in Tillery.

Moshesh Gooding, 39 , was charged with assault inflicting serious bodily injury, and Marc Farrar, 45, was charged with felony obstruction of justice. Investigators say an argument between Gooding and another inmate escalated into a physical altercation, and Farrar later provided misleading information about the incident to investigators.

The paralyzed inmate, whose name hasn't been released, is in stable condition at an undisclosed hospital. Authorities said he has been in prison since 1969 and was scheduled to be released in June.


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  • 678devilish Jan 15, 2015

    WOW! May as well released him when he is able, Allow him to go home. He cannot do any harm. Hopefully his family will and can take care of him. The other two will have a much longer stay in prison.

  • smdrn Jan 15, 2015

    On one hand, you could say he was being punished for what he did, which had to be pretty bad to get 45 years. On the other hand, Karma will get her due, and she decided 45 years wasn't enough.

  • Jj Parker Jan 14, 2015
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    Not sure what to think about this.....Sad.....

  • diana123 Jan 14, 2015

    gee sorry to hear this

  • johnnymanziel Jan 14, 2015

    Wow, talk about a tough break. I hope defending his cell block was worth it.