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Illinois Murder Convict Says Jail Conditions Inhumane

BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) - An inmate convicted of murder has filed a federal lawsuit alleging inhumane conditions at a southwestern Illinois jail where he is awaiting sentencing.      

Stanley Chairs filed the civil rights complaint April 24 in federal court in East St. Louis. It seeks unspecified monetary damages.       Chairs says the St. Clair County Jail is so overcrowded he's had to sleep on the floor. The complaint says the jail has problems with roaches and rats and with backed up toilets.  He also alleges he's had no recreation since he was jailed in June 2011, resulting in back and neck problems.      

The lawsuit names Sheriff Richard Watson and jail Superintendent Phillip McLaurin as defendants. Watson was not immediately available for comment Friday.  Chairs was found guilty last month of killing a security guard.

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