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Mahoning Sheriff says accused killer is high maintenance inmate

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The man accused of a triple murder, including a 10 year old girl, is complaining about his treatment in the Mahoning County Jail.

Robert Seman is jailed without bond pending trial for the murder of 10-year-old Corrine Gump and her grandparents in a March 2015 arson in Youngstown.

At a recent pre-trial hearing, Seman complained to the judge about his treatment in jail.

To learn more about those complaints, 21 News went to Sheriff Jerry Greene who opened the file on Seman.

"He is without a doubt a high-maintenance inmate. He's a chronic complainer," Greene said. 

A sampling of the complaints filed by Seman include that his mustard packets were confiscated, his apple juice container leaked, his cell was rearranged during a security check, some mail was missing, and that he was denied going to Mass.

Warden Alki Santamas says every complaint has been investigated and resolved.

"We have addressed all of his issues through our policies and procedures," said Santamas.

Greene says they have gone above and beyond to record every interaction with Seman to satisfy the court.

"We've set up protocol with his medical and with any complaint that he has. Anything like that gets forwarded to the judge on a monthly basis now," Greene said.

The warden says that Seman enjoys basically the same privileges as all of the other inmates. Due to the nature of his alleged crime involving a child, Greene says Seman is under a form a protective custody at the jail.

"That sort of crime will normally land you into an administrative segregation that is designed to protect him from the other inmates," said Greene.

Seman's capital murder trial for the killing of Gump and her grandparents, Billy and Judy Schmidt, is scheduled for September.

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