Sept. 18 (UPI) -- A former Louisiana jail guard pleaded guilty to ignoring the severe medical condition of a 19-year-old female inmate who later died, U.S. attorneys announced Tuesday.
Timothy Williams was a guard at the St. Bernard Parish Jail in St. Bernard Parish, La. when Nimali Henry was an inmate there in 2014. Williams admitted to denying medical care to Henry, who was being held in pre-trial detention and had not been convicted of a crime.
Henry told Williams and other jail guards she was experiencing dizziness and hadn't taken her heart medication in more than a week during the 10 days she was in St. Bernard Parish Jail before her death April 1, 2014.
But when Henry and several other inmates asked Williams and at least three other guards for help on numerous occasions, those pleas were ignored, despite her worsening condition.
Instead of getting medical help, Williams and two other guards -- Debra Becnel and Lisa Vaccarella -- moved Henry to a brightly lit, isolated holding cell that he admitted was to discourage Henry from making more complaints about her medical condition, according to court documents.
"Williams deliberately deprived the victim of necessary medical attention, resulting in her death," Acting Assistant Attorney General John Gore said in a statement. "Williams admittedly violated federal law and his sworn duty as a corrections officer to adequately care for and protect the constitutional rights of an inmate under his supervision."
Williams admitted to intentionally depriving Henry of her civil rights and faces a life sentence. His sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 16.
Williams is one of three jail guards who have been charged in connection to Henry's death.
The other three -- Becnel, Vaccarella and Andre Dominick -- face trial Nov. 5.