Nevada Prison Guard Acquitted In Inmate Shooting

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A former Nevada prison guard says he wants his
job back after he was acquitted of battery with a deadly weapon in
the shooting of a prison inmate.

A jury on Thursday cleared 33-year-old Paul Chaffee in the December 2006 shooting of Donald Hixon after authorities say Hixon fought with a cellmate at High Desert State Prison.

The 38-year-old Hixon was serving a 12- to 48-month sentence at the time for possessing a stolen vehicle.

He told the Clark County District Court jury he was outside his cell facing a wall when Chaffee shot him.

Chaffee had been a corrections officer for more than six years when he was fired following his indictment in July 2007.

Hixon still has a federal civil lawsuit pending, alleging Nevada prison guards aren't properly trained or supervised and that Chaffee shot him maliciously.
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Information from: Las Vegas Review-Journal, http://www.lvrj.com

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

AP-NY-11-21-08 1304EST


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