Four former Macon State Prison correction officers sentenced for involvement in inmate beating, cover up
According to the Justice Department, Darren Douglass-Griffin will serve 12 months in prison for conspiracy against rights and for writing a false report. Kerry Bolden will serve nine months in prison for conspiracy against rights and conspiracy to obstruct justice. Emmett McKenzie will serve six months in prison for conspiracy against rights. Kadarius Thomas will serve six months in prison for writing a false report regarding the beating of an inmate.
A total of eight former correction officers from Macon State Prison have been sentenced for criminal conduct that ranged from beating inmates to obstructing the Justice Department’s investigation. Sgt. Christopher Hall and senior officers Ronald Lach and Delton Rushion were sentenced to serve time in jail in December 2014. Former Correctional Emergency Response Team member Willie Redden is the last defendant to be sentenced in connection with these cases.
“The Department of Justice will continue to vigorously prosecute corrections officers who betray the public trust, assault people in their custody, and otherwise use their power to violate federal law,” Acting Assistant Attorney General Vanita Gupta of the Civil Rights Division said in a statement.
The alleged beating and cover up that followed happened in 2010. Federal investigators say one inmate suffered a traumatic brain injury during an assault by correctional officers. Authorities say evidence shows the officers conspired to cover up their unlawful practice and the officers turned in false reports and provided misleading statements to investigators.