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    GBI charges 7 Macon State Prison guards in inmate beating

     

    By JIM WALLS

    Seven guards at Macon State Prison have been charged in connection with an alleged inmate beating, the GBI announced today.

    Each guard is accused of aggravated battery in the assault, which resulted in an extended hospitalization for one inmate, GBI spokesman John Bankhead said. They’re also charged with violating their oaths of office.

    Corrections Commissioner Brian Owens last month asked the GBI to investigate incidents at Smith State Prison and the Macon facility following complaints by inmates’ families of retaliation for a work stoppage.

    Inmates at those and other prisons conducted a six-day protest in December over working conditions, the quality of food and medial care and other issues

    Here’s the complete news release from the GBI:

    OGLETHORPE, GA – As result of a use-of-force investigation requested by Georgia Department of Corrections (DOC) Commissioner Brian Owens, GBI agents, assisted by DOC, have arrested seven correctional officers at Macon State Prison.

    Each of the seven have been charged with 1 count of aggravated battery and 1 count of violation of oath of office stemming from an assault on an inmate at the Macon State Prison that occurred on December 16, 2010.  The inmate was hospitalized for an extended period of time.

    The charges were brought against these correctional officers after GBI Agents conferred with Southwestern Judicial Circuit District Attorney Plez Hardin.

    The GBI Regional Office in Americus initiated the investigation on January 5, 2011, the same day DOC Commissioner Owens called GBI Director Vernon Keenan to request a thorough investigation into allegations of inmate abuse.

    The seven arrested are as follows:

    CHRISTOPHER HALL

    RONALD LACH

    DERRICK WIMBUSH

    WILLIE REDDEN

    DARREN DOUGLASS GRIFFIN

    KERRY BOLDEN

    DELTON RUSHIN

    The investigation into this matter is continuing.

     

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