ENFIELD, Conn. — A Connecticut inmate who has been on a hunger strike for nearly six years has a hearing scheduled over his refusal to register as a sex offender.
British citizen William Coleman is expected in Enfield Superior Court on Thursday.
The 53-year-old Coleman was supposed to be released from prison last December when his eight-year sentence for sexual assault ended, but authorities say he refused to register as a sex offender. He was charged and ordered detained on $50,000 bail.
Officials are waiting to see if Coleman will register.
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His lawyers say he hasn’t had solid food since September 2007 in protest of his conviction. They say he has occasionally rejected liquid nutrition and has been force-fed numerous times when prison doctors believed his health was at risk.