Keenan v. Bordenkircher
In Keenan v. Bordenkircher, 170 W. Va. 372, 294 S.E.2d 175 (1982) the defendant was an inmate who escaped from prison.
After the defendant was caught he had an "administrative" hearing wherein he was found guilty of escape. The defendant was sentenced to 10 years in a punitive segregation facility called North Hall.
The defendant challenged the sentence by filing a habeas petition in a circuit court. The circuit court denied relief.
On appeal the Court found the ten year sentence was disproportionate. Insofar as the defendant had served approximately two years in North Hall, the Court held that "this is adequate punishment and therefore we find that the remainder of his sentence is void." Keenan, 170 W. Va. at 374, 294 S.E.2d at 177