Convicted home invasion prisoner claims he was mistreated in Elkhart County Jail

("Jail Cells" by My Southborough, CC BY-ND 2.0)

A man convicted at age 17 for his role in a violent home invasion has filed a lawsuit alleging he was mistreated in the Elkhart County Jail 10 years ago.

Our partners at 95-3 MNC report that 27-year-old Darnell Brown was sentenced to more than three decades in prison in 2012 after pleading guilty to burglary causing injury. He was the youngest of five people charged in connection with break-in at the home of an elderly disabled veteran who was beaten and was left with broken bones around his eyes and head and arm injuries.

The lawsuit says Brown was housed with adult offenders before being waived out of juvenile court and that he was beaten and robbed. The suit names the jail, former-deputy Prosecutor David Francisco and former-Sheriff Brad Rogers. Brown says he wants changes made about how juveniles are waived to adult court.

He also wants money for the physical and mental damage he says he sustained.