Parole denied

convict blames typewriter ribbon

October 16, 2000

Parole denied; convict blames typewriter ribbon

An inmate at a Washington County prison is suing a typewriter company for $29,000, alleging he would have won an appeal if his ribbon hadn't broken.

Kelvin J. Miles, who is serving a 45-year sentence for kidnapping and assault at Maryland Correctional Institution in Hagerstown, filed suit Oct. 12 against the Brother International Corp. of Bartlett, Tenn.

Miles said in his court documents filed at the Washington County Circuit Court that the ribbon broke while he was typing a brief and as result he was denied parole during an August hearing.

Miles said he purchased a Brother typewriter Jan. 18, 1999 and several ribbons for the machine on different dates.

"Each ribbon I received was defective," said Miles in his complaint.

He said he only realized the ribbon was defective after he inserted it and began typing.

Miles is suing for $15,000 plus $6,000 in interest. He also is asking for $8,000 in attorney's fees.


He was represented by Towson attorney Phillip Dantes.

Miles, who is employed as a shop worker at the prison, is scheduled to be released on or around Feb. 14, 2015, according to prison officials.

An answering machine with an employee directory picked up when a reporter placed call to Brother International Corp. but there was no way to leave a message or speak to an operator.

- By Kimberly Yakowski

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