Three former Macon State Prison officers sentenced for involvement in inmate beating, cover up
OGELTHORPE, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Three former Macon State Prison correctional officers will serve time in prison for their involvement in the beating and cover up of a MSP inmate.
According to a news release from the Justice Department, Christopher Hall, a former Sergeant for the Correctional Emergency Response Team, is sentenced to 72 months in prison for conspiracy to obstruct justice and two obstruction related offenses.
Former CERT officer Ronald Lach was sentenced to 90 months in prison for his involvement in the beating of the inmate, for conspiring to cover up the beating, and for writing a false report.
Former CERT officer Delton Rushin was sentenced to 60 months in prison for conspiring to obstruct justice and obstruction-related offenses. All three have two years of supervised release.
According the DOJ, trial evidence and guilty pleas showed Lach was one of several MSP officers who beat an inmate in 2010 in order to punish him for his prior misconduct. Authorities say Hall, Lach, and Rushin conspired with other officers to cover up the beating by giving false and misleading statements to investigators and writing false reports.
Eight former MSP officers have been convicted in connection with the beatings of inmates at Macon State in 2010 and the cover up.
“These officers betrayed the public trust by using their official positions to commit violent civil rights abuses and then to try to hide what they had done,” Acting Assistant Attorney General Vanita Gupta for the Civil Rights Division said. “The Department of Justice will continue to vigorously prosecute corrections officers who use their power to violate federal law.”