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Resource ID: #15852
Subject: Crime
Source: Newsday (New York)
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Date: 6-May-98

Description

Maurice Mathie may be in prison, but he is now a wealthy man. Suffolk County just cut a check to him for $450,000 following a civil suit brought by Mathie. In the lawsuit, Mathie claimed he was raped in prison -- and not by another inmate, but by the chief of security, Sgt. Roy Fries. The judge in the case found indeed Fries had acted "maliciously and sadistically" against Mathie "for purposes of 'personal gratification.'" The original damages were $750,000, but a three-judge federal panel adjusted the award to $450,000. Amazingly, however, no criminal charges were ever filed against Fries, and he continues not only to collect a $40,000/year pension, but holds a prestigious position within a Long Island fire department. Meanwhile, Mathie, convicted of manslaughter, is trying reopen his own case (which never went to trial; he copped a plea). He says he killed Paul Vincent Lamariana in a moment of "terror and confusion," after the victim attacked a member of his family. The prosecutors, however, say Mathie was abusing drugs, and that he killed Lamariana to steal his dope. The article delves into the events surrounding the killing by Mathie, as well as the subsequent rape he suffered at the hands of Fries. A sidebar interview with Fries himself is also included (he denies any rape ever took place).

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