(CMR) Musician Jawara McIntosh one of the sons of the late reggae legend Peter Tosh died on Friday (July 17) after more than three years in a coma.
Following his death, McIntosh’s family have filed a lawsuit against the county jail in which he had been incarcerated for marijuana possession.
On June 15, 2013, McIntosh was taken into police custody in New Jersey after 65 pounds of marijuana was found in his car.
McIntosh pled guilty to possession with intent to distribute,which carried with it a one-year jail sentence.
Six months prior to his release, McIntosh was beaten by fellow jail inmate Kyrie Charon Baum.
McIntosh sustained traumatic brain injuries following the incident and subsequently fell into a coma.
Joseph Tully, who represented McIntosh in the criminal case, said that for him the incident most tragic as his client would have been eligible for supervised release in just a few short weeks
Sister,Niambe McIntosh, told Rolling Stones magazine in 2017 that following the incident Tosh had been unable to move or speak with intent.
Niambe had at the time launched a Change.org petition, which has since been closed, which had advocated for the U.S. Department of Justice to launch an investigation into the incident.