Inmate pleads guilty to attacking inmate at Kansas penitentiary

January 28, 2019 - 7:06 pm

A prison inmate has admitted to fracturing another inmate's skull with a metal pipe, leaving the man in a "semi-vegetative state" for several months.

Jimmy Eastep Jr., 49, pleaded guilty Monday to assault with a dangerous weapon.

According to his plea agreement, Eastep assaulted Michael Seaman, 52, at the federal penitentiary in Leavenworth in January 2016 after Seaman called him a name.

Investigators found a twenty-inch metal pipe with blood next to Seaman Seaman.

Investigators say Seaman was not able to communicate with them for almost a year.

Eastep was linked to the assault by DNA testing.

The plea agreement calls for Eastep to be sentenced to another 3.5 years in prison.

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