Federal prison guards indicted

ASHLAND — Two correctional officers at the United States Penitentiary Big Sandy in Inez have been indicted by a federal grand jury in Ashland on charges of conspiracy to violate the civil rights of an inmate.

Larry Ray Miller, Jr., 32, of Hazard, and Christopher Fallen, 25, of Campton, are charged with conspiracy to violate the civil rights of a Big Sandy inmate, aiding and abetting each other in violating the inmate’s rights and providing an inmate with a pocket knife.

According to the indictment, the two officers conspired to punish an inmate confined to the Special Housing Unit at the penitentiary. Reasons for placing an inmate in SHU include violations of Bureau of Prisons internal rules and regulations pertaining to inmate conduct.

Larry Ray Miller, Jr. was listed as the number one officer assigned to the evening watch of the SHU. According to the indictment, he had supervisory authority over other correctional officers on his watch and was responsible for the management, custody, care, and safety of the inmates in the SHU.
On Dec. 30, 2007, Miller allegedly learned that the inmate, listed in the indictment only as “M.L.T.,” had assaulted a correctional officer during a forced cell extraction on the previous day. Miller allegedly cursed at M.L.T., banged on his cell door and told him that he could have him assaulted or killed for a carton of cigarettes. Miller also allegedly threw a bucket of mop water under the cell door and soaked M.L.T.’s bedding and clothing.

The indictment also lists an incident on the same day where Miller allegedly made a show of cleaning his fingernails with his pocket knife in view of M.L.T

Kevin Christopher Fallen was listed as the number two officer assigned to the evening watch of the SHU. His duties included the management, custody, care and safety of the inmates in the SHU.

According to the indictment, Fallen entered M.L.T.’s cell on the same day and presented a pocket knife to him, in violation of BOP procedures.

Miller and Fallen face a maximum prison sentence of 25 years if found guilty of the charges. For the counts of violating an inmate’s civil rights and aiding and abetting each other in the violation of those rights, they can receive not more than 10 years of imprisonment, a $250,000 fine and not more than three years of supervised release. For the charge of proving an inmate with a pocket knife, they can receive not more than five years of imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, and not more than three years of supervised release.

Miller and Fallen are scheduled to appear for their initial arraignment in Pikeville on July 31.

source: http://www.floydcountytimes.com/articles/2008/07/18/news/doc4881004d6f049081461560.txt

One Response

  1. Miller your an idiot! You ruined your career and that of an obviously younger officer. Instead of providing a good role model to a younger officer you chose to take the low road to say the least. Being a corrections officer is not about being a bad ass it is about being a professional. Your out numbered 10-to 1 in any prison so the badest ass of people would lose. What a moron you are! You better cop a plea if it’s not to late. But your to dumb to see that. Your probally blaming everyone but yourself. To think you were on the SORT Team. WOW.

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