A man who suffered permanent brain damage from a beating by his cellmate at the Washington Corrections Center in Shelton has received a $4 million settlement from the Washington State Department of Corrections.
Attorney Mark Shepherd said his client, Ryan Alwine, was beaten in the early morning Sept. 7, 2006, by his new cellmate, Eddie Hopkins. Hopkins stomped on Alwine’s head for several minutes as corrections officers watched, Shepherd said.
Alwine was in a coma for about four months. He had been weeks from completing his sentence for a theft conviction.