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This is good news; let’s see if they get prison time, which is the ONLY deterrent for this atrocious conduct! READ Why only PROSECUTION and IMPRISONMENT Will Stop Prison Abuse and Police Abuse! Demand It!! How to Avoid the Deaths of More Prison Guards! For every official charged, at least 20 others, literally, are getting away with murder!

Far too many prosecutors refuse to charge prison staff for their crimes, even when their conduct clearly is outrageous. READ “Guards” murder inmates! Send this out about the death of Ronald Shoup. Take 3 Minutes!     and

READ Letter to the Editor or Op Ed Submission – Laws, Unenforced, are Meaningless – 3/13/17 – Prison Abuse   

 

 

Excerpts from the Article:

 

Garfield County Sheriff Jerry Niles and five other defendants are being blamed in second-degree manslaughter indictments of causing an inmate’s death last year through negligence. The indictments were made public Tuesday in Garfield County District Court. The state’s multicounty grand jury alleged in the indictments that Niles, 59, and the others caused the death of Anthony Huff by allowing the inmate “to remain in a restraint chair for over 48 hours without adequate food or water.”

The other defendants all worked at the jail at the time of the death. They are identified in the indictments as Vanisa Jo Gay, 38, a nurse; John Robert Markus, 29, assistant jail administrator; Lela June Goatley, 57, a nurse practitioner; Shawn Caleb Galusha, 37, a detention officer/supervisor; and Jennifer Niles, 34, then the jail administrator.

The maximum punishment for second-degree manslaughter is four years in prison and a $1,000 fine.

The grand jury did not seek Niles’ ouster so he remains in control of the sheriff’s office and the jail for now, despite the indictment.

Huff, 58, of Enid, was pronounced dead at the jail June 8, 2016, after being found unresponsive in the restraint chair, records show. He had been jailed four days earlier on a public intoxication complaint, records show. He was placed in the restraint chair on June 6, 2016, after he began hallucinating.

 

His estate in June filed a federal civil rights lawsuit over the death. Attorneys for the estate allege in the lawsuit that Huff “died due to conditions related to his withdrawal from alcohol and the effects it had on his body and system.” The estate is suing the sheriff, Garfield County commissioners and others for actual and punitive damages. The lawsuit is pending in federal court in Oklahoma City.

The inmate’s family on Tuesday thanked the grand jury and the district attorney. “It is our hope and belief that justice will be served as those who have been indicted … for their involvement in this death now proceed through our criminal justice system” said Eddie Wyant, one of the attorneys for Huff’s estate.

 

 

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