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Wilbraham mom seeking justice for her son

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WILBRAHAM, MA (WSHM) -

A woman who continues to seek justice in the death of her son at a state-run facility has received news from the attorney general.

It all stems from an incident at Bridgewater State Hospital back in May 2009.

A little over 5 years later and Lisa Brown is finally seeing some results that she wants to see.

"His only crime was being mentally ill," said Brown, whose son, Joshua Messier, died while under observation at the facility.

Surveillance video from the hospital showed Messier being restrained by numerous guards.

The medical examiner initially ruled the case a homicide, but the district attorney said there was not enough evidence to bring about criminal charges.

That is something that does not sit well with Brown.

"If it was a police officer or a correctional officer who was killed, you better believe they would have been brought up on charges of first degree murder," Brown stated.

Late Wednesday night, after her attorneys handed in an eight-page letter to the attorney general's office, Brown got word that Martha Coakley will launch a review of the case.

However, Brown told CBS 3 that there will have to be a special prosecutor, since Coakley represented the guards in the civil case.

"It needs to be an independent special prosecutor, maybe someone from out of state," said Brown. "They need to look at all of the evidence. Not just throw it out."

But time is not on Brown's side.

She said they are getting close to hitting the statute of limitations on the case.

"I think there's less than a year left and that's not really much time when a special prosecutor needs to be appointed," said Brown.  "He needs to investigate and go through all the different reports."

Brown said her son's case could set a precedent, to help protect others down the line.

"If these people aren't prosecuted, it's going to happen again and again," said Brown.  "I have to start having faith in the state of Massachusetts too I think."

This does not end with Messier.

Brown said her attorney is also trying to represent the 175 patients currently at the facility.

He is trying to get them moved to a different location.

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