Jared Fogle, the former Subway spokesperson and convicted pedophile, was reportedly attacked and beaten in a prison yard ambush in January, TMZ reports.
Fogle, who is currently serving a 16-year sentence at Englewood prison in Colorado, was apparently jumped by a 60-year-old inmate named Steven Nigg, who is currently serving time for armed robbery. Nigg has major issues with child molesters and wanted to draw attention to the number of inmates that are serving their sentences for child molestation, according to AZCentral.
On January 29, as Fogle was out in the recreation yard, Nigg reportedly shoved him to the ground and started throwing punches at his face, leaving Fogle with a bloody nose, swollen face, and scratches on his neck. Nigg walked away with barely a scratch, and faced with 10 days in solitary confinement for his actions.
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Jimmy Nigg, Steven’s nephew, said his uncle was frustrated with his own conviction, and was tired of Fogle receiving special treatment because he is a celebrity.
“In his words, my uncle’s words, people convicted of these types of crimes, crimes against children, sexual predators, rapists, they shouldn’t be in a minimum-security prison,” Jimmy Nigg said during a phone interview on Wednesday. “He felt like it wasn’t fair. He [Fogle] gets to order any food he wants, he can use his money to do things. This guy is coming and prancing in like he can do anything he wants.”
“He [Nigg] wanted to send a message,” Jimmy Nigg added.
“What he wanted to do is send a message, and he did,” Jimmy Nigg added. “If he wanted to kill Jared Fogle, he would have been able to, and he didn’t. No one stopped him from assaulting Jared. He sent the message, and he walked away.”
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According to the New York Daily News, Nigg first served time from 1976 to 1990 when he and his accomplice robbed a Maricopa County motel clerk, along with two convenience stores and a gas station. The men were also accused of robbing a Mesa police officer at gunpoint and handcuffing him to a shopping cart.
This isn’t the first time Nigg has been involved in an altercation while in prison. In 1988, he was disciplined for hitting a fellow inmate. In the same year, he verbally threatened another inmate and deliberately started a fire. In 1979, while serving a sentence at Arizona State Prison in Florence, Nigg was shot while sitting in his cell by a homemade zip gun.
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After a strew of crimes, Nigg was finally sentenced to federal prison in 2010 for selling possessions from his father’s estate, including antique guns. He was sentenced to 15 years in prison, and is scheduled to be released in 2024.
Fogle, the father of two who claimed he lost over 200 pounds by eating Subway sandwiches, pleaded guilty in November to charges of child pornography and traveling for illicit paid sex with minors. In December, Jared Fogle appealed his 16-year sentence.
According to a spokesperson, the U.S. Bureau of Prisons would not confirm the assault or punishment “based on the need to ensure safety and security in our institutions and in accordance with legal requirements including the Privacy Act.”
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