Man who lost legs in Creek County jail is back in jail fac­ing new charges

The Oklahoman (Sunday) - - METRO | STATE - BY CUR­TIS KILL­MAN Tulsa World cur­tis.kill­man

A Creek County man who re­ceived a mul­ti­mil­lion-dol­lar court set­tle­ment over his treat­ment in jail that cost him both his legs is back in the same jail fac­ing state and fed­eral charges.

Rus­sell Martin Mounger, 45, has been held at the Creek County jail since Fe­bru­ary, fac­ing drug- and weapons-re­lated of­fenses, records show.

Mounger re­ceived a $2.7 mil­lion set­tle­ment from county of­fi­cials in 2009 af­ter he filed a law­suit re­gard­ing an ear­lier stay in the Creek County jail. A two-week jail stint in 2007 ended up cost­ing Mounger both his legs when an in­fec­tion caused by blood clots pro­gressed to the point that doc­tors had no choice but to am­pu­tate, ac­cord­ing to World ar­chives.

The Ok­la­homa State De­part­ment of Health’s Jail In­spec­tion Di­vi­sion de­ter­mined at the time that Mounger did not re­ceive re­quired med­i­ca­tion and care and was im­prop­erly held in a re­straint chair.

Mounger pleaded guilty to pos­ses­sion with in­tent to dis­trib­ute mar­i­juana in the 2007 case and re­ceived a five-year pro­bated sen­tence.

In the more re­cent case, Mounger has spent the past five months in the Creek County jail af­ter he was charged in Dis­trict Court with nine counts, rang­ing from en­deav­or­ing to man­u­fac­ture/pos­sess a con­trolled dan­ger­ous sub­stance to pos­ses­sion of mer­cury.

The charges stem from a search war­rant Mannford po­lice ex­e­cuted at this res­i­dence in Fe­bru­ary, ac­cord­ing to Mannford Po­lice Chief Lucky Miller.

“We did a search war­rant at his res­i­dence and found ev­ery­thing un­der the sun — metham­phetamine, mar­i­juana; he was in pos­ses­sion of over a pound of mer­cury, which is a felony,” Miller said.

The search of his res­i­dence in the 33200 block of Deer Run Road also turned up home com­put­ers and cel­lu­lar phones, which were sent to the U.S. De­part­ment of Home­land Se­cu­rity for anal­y­sis, Miller said.

“Ac­cord­ing to them, there was well over 600 im­ages of child pornog­ra­phy on sev­eral of his de­vices,”

A fed­eral grand jury in­dicted Mounger ear­lier this week on pos­ses­sion of child pornog­ra­phy. The im­ages in­volved “the use of at least one pre­pubescent mi­nor and a mi­nor that had not at­tained 12 years of age en­gag­ing in sex­u­ally ex­plicit con­duct,” ac­cord­ing to the in­dict­ment.

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