50-year sentence for eye-gouging prison assault

SPOKANE — A convicted killer has been sentenced to another 50 years in prison for an attack that gouged out the eyes of a fellow Washington state prison inmate.

Michael L. West Jr. was convicted of first-degree assault in the Oct. 10, 2010, attack in the Airway Heights Corrections Center near Spokane.

On Wednesday, Superior Court Judge Tari Eitzen made the 50-year sentence consecutive to West’s existing sentence. That means he won’t be eligible for parole until 2098, when he would be 121 years old. West previously was convicted of killing a fellow inmate in 2004.

The Spokesman-Review reported that the judge also ordered more than $70,000 in restitution to cover the medical bills of Chad Bolstad, who was permanently blinded in the attack.

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