Former Kentucky jail guard convicted of beating inmate who later died

 

 

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A former Kentucky jail guard was convicted of beating an inmate and leaving him lying with blood on his face, until another jail employee saw the victim and he was rushed to a hospital and pronounced dead, officials said on Friday.

A federal jury deliberated for an hour and a half before returning the verdict late on Thursday against William Howell, a former deputy jailer at Kentucky River Regional Jail in the town of Hazard, the U.S. Department of Justice said in a statement.

The panel found Howell guilty of excessive force and of ignoring the inmate’s injuries and he faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison for each criminal count when he is sentenced on Aug. 16 at a federal court in London, Kentucky.

Howell, 60, and another guard beat inmate Larry Trent, 54, on July 9, 2013, after he was booked on a charge of drunken driving.

It started when the two guards opened Trent’s cell door to remove a sleeping mat. Trent ran out and the jailers punched, kicked and stomped on Trent before taking him back to his cell, where Howell kicked Trent in the head while he lay on the ground, the Department of Justice statement said.

An autopsy found Trent died of a fracture to his pelvis that caused hemorrhaging and from blunt force trauma to his head, chest and limbs.

Damon Hickman, the other guard, pleaded guilty last year to depriving Trent of his legal rights and falsifying records for his role in the beating, according to court records. He has not yet been sentenced for those convictions.

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2-year DVO issued against Glasgow police sergeant

Posted: Tuesday, June 17, 2014 11:16 am

By the Daily News |

A Metcalfe County judge issued a domestic violence order of protection against Glasgow Police Department Sgt. Jarrod Steele, department spokeswoman Julie Anne Williams said.

The order is in place for two years and prohibits Steele from possession of any guns while not on police duty, Williams said.

Glasgow Police Chief Guy Turcotte put Steele on paid administrative leave until further notice.

This is the second Glasgow officer in two weeks to face domestic violence accusations.

Officer Joseph Ford’s estranged wife, Katja Ford, 38, filed June 10 for an emergency protective order, Barren Circuit Court records show. The following day, she filed for divorce. 

The file containing the protection order is not open for public inspection. Kentucky State Police served a domestic violence summons on Ford earlier.

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Ky. county, corrections dispute jail inspection

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Published: December 24, 2012

The Associated Press

GLASGOW, Ky. — The Kentucky Department of Corrections is standing by the conclusion of one if its employees after a county magistrate accused the person of writing a false inspection report about the Barren County Jail.

Corrections spokeswoman Lisa Lamb told the Glasgow Daily Times ( http://bit.ly/V6zWyb) that she was aware of Magistrate Chris Steward’s accusation about Jail Inspector Tracey Reed. Lamb said the department has “absolute confidence” in the abilities of the agency’s employees.

Reed conducted a routine, unannounced inspection of the Barren County Detention Center on Nov. 27. The official report following the inspection noted that the jail had “slight overcrowding,” which didn’t require action from the DOC.

In a Dec. 18 meeting, Steward said county jail inmates must have complaints about something and therefore Reed’s report should not be deemed credible.

Information from: Glasgow Daily Times, http://www.glasgowdailytimes.com

Read more here: http://www.kentucky.com/2012/12/24/2454922/ky-county-corrections-dispute.html#storylink=cpy