LITTLETON, Colo., March 16 (UPI) -- Former Subway spokesman and convicted felon Jared Fogle was attacked in prison by another inmate in late January, TMZ said.
Fogle was pushed to the ground and repeatedly punched by 60-year-old Steven J. Nigg on Jan. 29, TMZ reported. Fogle is serving a 15-year, eight-month sentence in a Colorado prison for possession or distribution of child pornography and crossing state lines to have sex with a minor.
Nigg, who has a long criminal history and is currently in the Colorado prison for a weapons charge, gave Fogle a bloody nose, swollen face and scratches on his neck, TMZ reported.
Nigg's nephew, Jimmy told the Arizona Republic his uncle attacked Fogle because he was "frustrated" by his own conviction and because he "wanted to send a message" to Fogle for not respecting prison hierarchy.
"In .. my uncle's words, people convicted of these types of crimes, crimes against children, sexual predators, rapists, they shouldn't be in a minimum-security prison," Jimmy Nigg told The Arizona Republic. "He felt like it wasn't fair. (Fogle) gets to order any food he wants, he can use his money to do things. This guy is coming and prancing in like he can do anything he wants."
Nigg said Fogle's money gave him the ability to pay other inmates for protection.
"Jared's lucky he's still alive. My uncle was in a position to kill him. No one was there," Nigg told the New York Daily News after speaking to his uncle and reading the incident report. "Instead of flying under the radar, he's going into the yard, walking around with big guys, saying no one can mess with me, flashing his money around and that's what (my uncle) is pissed off about.
"He said these kids (the victims) got dads and uncles and they'd love to do what I just did," Nigg told The Daily News. "'I'm doing it for the families. I couldn't help it.'"