Lawyer: N.J. inmate to end year-long hunger strike

    A New Jersey inmate who has been on a yearlong hunger strike has agreed to start eating again.

    The lawyer for convicted armed robber William Lecuyer tells The Star-Ledger that he agreed to end his protest at the prison in Trenton after being granted a new disciplinary hearing.

    Lecuyer had claimed he was unfairly punished in a dispute over a prison drug test in 2011.

    Attorney Jean Ross said Friday an agreement will allow for a more complete factual record to be presented at the next hearing.

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    The 34-year-old Lecuyer weighs 120 pounds, down from 230. The Toms River native survived on his morning coffee, occasional nutritional drinks and some intravenous solutions. His attorney says he’ll need weeks of treatment before he can eat solid food.

    Prison officials declined comment.

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