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Five Idaho Inmates Blame Alcohol For Their Crimes

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Booking photo of Keith Allen Brown (credit: Idaho Department of Corrections)

Booking photo of Keith Allen Brown (credit: Idaho Department of Corrections)

BOISE, Id. (CBS Seattle/AP) – Five inmates at the Idaho State Correctional Institution south of Boise are suing a handful of major beer and wine companies, contending that alcohol led to their crimes and that they should have been warned that the beverages can be addictive.

The Idaho Statesman reports Keith Allen Brown, Steven J. Thompson, Woodrow J. Grant, Cory A. Baugh and Jeremy J. Brown filed the lawsuit in Boise’s U.S. District Court last month.

According to the Idaho Statesman, Brown wrote in the suit that he spent a “great deal of time in prison” due to “situations in which alcohol played a major role.” He added that he was never “informed that alcohol was habit forming and addictive” before he became an alcoholic.

The Associated Press reports that the lawsuit also states the inmates “would have lead normal lives as productive members of society” if it wasn’t for alcohol.

The inmates say Miller Brewing Company, Anheuser-Busch, E. and J. Gallo Winery and other alcohol companies should put warning labels on their products to inform consumers that they are habit forming and addictive, and they’re asking for $1 billion in damages. They don’t have an attorney, and the beer and wine companies have not responded to the lawsuit.

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