Three Hamblen County Jail inmates and one former inmate were indicted by a grand jury on Monday for aggravated assault in connection with the alleged September 2018 unrelenting beat-down of a fellow inmate named Brandon Neeley, according to court documents.
Neeley, who is in his mid-20s, had swelling on the brain and spent approximately six months – five months in intensive care – in hospital and his medical bills are expected to be astronomical; Detective Sgt. David Stapleton with the Hamblen County Sheriff’s Department said this morning.
The defendants are Michael Stone, 28; Matthew Dockery, 29; David Cisneros, 29; and Jeffrey Clinton Kochan, 41. Only Kochan posted bond after Neeley, a Bean Station man who was incarcerated on a misdemeanor Suboxone charge, was beaten into unconsciousness and sustained a serious head injury.
The alleged assault was captured on surveillance tape. Neeley was injured fewer than 90 minutes after he was booked into jail, authorities said at the time. Neeley allegedly wronged one of the defendants on the outside and the beat-down was a means of settling the score, according to Stapleton.
Kochan was serving time for failure to appear in court in a criminal court case and theft. Dockery was incarcerated for home burglary, theft and vandalism. Stone was jailed for violation of probation, escape and vandalism, and Cisneros was serving time for violation of probation,according to jail records.
Neeley was airlifted to an intensive care unit at Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport following the alleged beat-down. If convicted of aggravated assault, the four defendants could be held responsible for Neeley’s medical bills.
By Monday, Neeley had not sued Hamblen County government to recover damages. County government’s liability insurance policy has a $50,000 deductible.