Late Friday, federal prosecutors for the Western District of Missouri announced that an inmate was sentenced for a December 2018 assault committed at the Medical Center for Federal Prisoners in Springfield.
Earl F. Love, 55, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Roseann Ketchmark to seven years’ federal prison time without the possibility of parole. That sentence is to be served consecutively with a 25-year sentence Love received earlier. In that case, Love was convicted of fatally stabbing a victim, with whom he was angry because the victim borrowed Love’s scooter for too long a period of time.
At Love’s more recent assault trial, prosecutors presented evidence that Love and a fellow inmate argued over a $46 sports gambling bet in the summer of 2018. Love was found guilty of one count of assault causing serious bodily injury for striking the other inmate, fracturing bones in his face including his nose and knocking him unconscious. A third inmate served as a lookout while the crime took place in the victim’s cell, prosecutors said.
The victim, identified as D.W. in court documents, was transported by ambulance to an emergency room with potentially life-threatening injuries. D.W. was admitted to the hospital and spent several days in an intensive care unit.
Court documents state that the victim required intubation to ensure he could continue to breathe and that he suffered a broken orbital bone, a fracture to his neck vertebrae and facial injuries requiring several operations to reconstruct.
Court documents also state that Love has a violent criminal history. While in prison, he has racked up a “considerable amount of violations,” prosecutors said Friday, including repeated assaults of other inmates, disrespecting prison staff, possession of contraband and running a gambling pool.
The FBI investigated the assault, prosecutors said.
The Medical Center for Federal Prisoners, sometimes called MCFP Springfield or the “Fed Med,” also made headlines this week as four inmates have died of COVID-19 since Oct. 31, amid an outbreak affecting more than 175 inmates and more than 30 staff.