5 Fla. prison guards fired after abuse allegations

Five corrections officers at Florida State Prison were fired Wednesday and another resigned after allegations they beat an inmate last week.

The inmate, whose name was not released, required treatment at a hospital, but did not suffer life-threatening injuries, said Gretl Plessinger, a spokeswoman for the Florida Department of Corrections.

“I want to be crystal clear about this. I will never tolerate inmate abuse. I will take swift, decisive action anytime it exists,” Florida Corrections Secretary Walter McNeil said.

Another five Florida State Prison guards remain on administrative leave during the investigation. Not all the five are considered suspects, Plessinger said.

Fired Wednesday were Lt. William Hinson, Sgt. Anthony Reed, Sgt. Richard Kross, Sgt. James Coleman and Correctional Officer Raymond Williams. Correctional Officer Charles Reames resigned.

McNeil said the department will turn over the results of its investigation to the State Attorney’s Office in Gainesville for possible criminal prosecution.

Another four officers are on administrative leave from nearby Union Correctional Institution for an unrelated beating, Plessinger said.

Almost 10 years ago on July 17, 1999, death row inmate Frank Valdes was beaten to death at Florida State Prison. He has fractures to his sternum, vertebrae, nose and jaw, along with numerous internal injuries. There were boot prints on his face, neck, abdomen and back.

Prosecutors contended Valdes was beaten by officers to keep him quiet about inmate abuse.

Trials of four guards for Valdes’ death ended in acquittals, prompting the dropping of charges against several other officers.

source: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/florida/AP/story/1000839.html

4 Responses

  1. THAT’S EASY TO GET ONE SIDE AND LIST THE NAMES OF OFFICERS WHAT ABOUT WHAT THE INMATE DID TO GO PRISON ( PUBLIC KNOWLEDGE) AND WHAT THE HELL DOES VALDES HAVE TO DO WITH THESE MEN?

  2. WELL??????? ” Valdes’ death ended in acquittals” ??????????

  3. I need some help… there are still major abuse going on inside florida prisons. We have reported abuse on my brother That happend at weikula corr inst, and nothing was done. he is in lake butler right now and has seen some really bad things. at almost to the point my brother is going crazy. seeing bodies hauled out left and right, poor medical care. open pods with hep a b and c and full blown aids patience that have been left to die. My brother beat on his door for gaurds to haul a man out give him an xray. strap him down to a bed and left him in a room with my brother and later the man died they do not do rounds that are required and at visitation i saw this myself. gaurds no where to be seen for at least 15 mins at a time and inmates left unattended out side. I need help please

  4. I wish the public would quit bleeding for inmates. Most are inmates by their own actions. Death row inmates get a last meal of their chosing. My question is did they give their victims a last meal? I truly believe inmates should be killed by the same method they chose to kill the victim, and they should be given only 1 year to prove that they are innocent. It costing the honest taxpayer a forture to keep these low life people on death row.

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