PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — An inmate serving a life sentence for the murders of two people has filed a lawsuit against the Rhode Island Department of Corrections.
Charles Pona claims corrections officials violated his rights by keeping him in segregation for a year and denying him visitation over allegations he was involved in narcotics trafficking. He denies those allegations.
According to the lawsuit, Pona is demanding the allegations be struck from his prison record and that corrections officials restore a year of good time. He’s also seeking $365,000 in damages.
Pona was convicted of the murders of 15-year-old Jennifer Rivera in 2000, and Hector Feliciano in 1999. Prosecutors said Pona had Rivera killed, because she was set to testify against him in the Feliciano case.