Man beaten in transport van clinging to life - FOX 13 News

Man beaten in transport van clinging to life

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Tom Morrow is a husband, father, and 25-year City of Tampa electrician.

"He's an honest, hardworking family man. His daughter and I, we are everything for him and he's everything for us," Morrow's wife, Sharon said Friday.

Last Saturday night, 59-year old Tom Morrow's life took a horrific turn.

He was detained by Pinellas County deputies for being drunk. But while he was riding in a jail transport van, operated by an county-contracted company called G4S, he was attacked by the only other inmate inside.

Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri says both men were handcuffed and shackled at the ankles.

"Mr. Morrow had been seated on a bench in the back of a van and he fell off the bench and onto the floor. When he fell on the bench and onto the floor is when [Leonard] Lanni began kicking him," Gualtieri said.

Morrow suffered a collapsed lung, ruptured spleen, and severe brain injuries.

"There's a chest tube, there's a neck brace. His whole entire face is bruised, he's on a breathing machine. You can't even see the man under all this apparatus. You can't even tell who it is," Sharon Morrow said.

The Sheriff says the G4S driver immediately pulled over after seeing what was happening on a streaming surveillance camera.

Morrow's attorney wants to why it took so long to break up the brutal attack.

"Somebody failed. If the G4S employee was responsible for getting Mr. Morrow safely to the Pinellas County Jail, then that G4S employee failed miserably," attorney Michael Babboni said Friday.

As Tom fights for his life in the hospital, his family's now fighting for answers on how this could happen.

"He's just a guy who loves life, loves his job, loves his family. He's an amazing person, this should never have happened," Sharon Morrow said.

Leonard Lanni is currently being held at the Pinellas County Jail. Babboni is pushing for Lanni's charges to be increased from aggravated battery to attempted murder.

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