More guards plead guilty to inmate assault in Maryland facility

Jan. 10, 2014 at 10:03 AM
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HAGARSTOWN, Md., Jan. 10 (UPI) -- Two more former prison guards and a former officer at a correctional facility in Maryland pleaded guilty in an inmate assault, the U.S. Justice Department said.

Edwin Stigile, formerly a lieutenant at Roxbury Correctional Institution in Hagerstown, and former guards Tyson Hinckle and Reginald Martin, pleaded guilty in a 2008 assault of an inmate as punishment for the inmate's hitting a guard, Department of Justice officials said Thursday in a release.

The three are the latest ex-Roxbury corrections officers to enter a plea in the federal investigation into a series of assaults that an inmate identified as K.D. suffered March 8-9, 2008, the Justice Department said. Hinckle pleaded guilty to conspiring to assault the inmate; Martin pleaded guilty to failing to intervene and Stigile pleaded guilty to destroying evidence.

Court documents indicated K.D. was assaulted by corrections officials over three consecutive shifts as punishment for striking an officer earlier.

"Mr. Hinckle and Mr. Martin have admitted their involvement in an unlawful assault of an inmate, and Mr. Stigile has acknowledged that, as a supervisor, he destroyed evidence related to that assault," said Acting Assistant Attorney General Jocelyn Samuels for the Civil Rights Division. "The Justice Department will continue to vigorously prosecute officers who use their official position to commit and to cover up violations of federal criminal law."

Eight other former Roxbury prison guards have entered guilty pleas. The Justice Department said four current or former Roxbury officers still face federal charges.

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