Ex-officer sentenced for scalding inmate

A former Florida State Prison corrections officer, convicted earlier this year of throwing scalding water on an inmate, was sentenced Monday to three years in prison in a federal court in Jacksonville, the U.S. Department of Justice reported.

Paul Tillis, 44, had been convicted in January on a federal civil rights charge related to assaulting an inmate, according to the federal agency. His prison sentence will be followed by two years of post-release supervision.

Tillis had been accused of pouring the hot water, which was between 159 and 180 degrees, on inmate Jerry Williams’ chest, causing second-degree burns, prosecutors said. The incident occurred in August 2005. At the time, Williams was fabricating a suicide attempt so he could be transferred to a psychological treatment facility, according to the DOJ. Continue reading

Prison guards accused of inmate beatings

The Westmoreland County Prison Board yesterday fired four corrections officers allegedly involved in an inmate-beating scandal that is under investigation by the district attorney.

Two other guards connected with the brutality allegations have resigned, while another who had been suspended was reinstated yesterday.

The board’s actions stemmed from a complaint by former inmate James Edwards, 27.

Mr. Edwards accused four guards of manhandling him during his stay at the county jail between June 4 and June 16. County officials said his injuries were not severe, and the warden said X-rays were negative. Continue reading