By Rhonda Cook
Seven Georgia prison guards were arrested Monday on charges of beating an inmate, inflicting injuries so severe that the prisoner was in the hospital for “an extended period of time,” according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.
GBI spokesman John Bankhead said the seven — Christopher Hall, Ronald Lach, Derrick, Wimbush, Willie Redden, Darren Douglass Griffin, Kerry Bolden and Delton Rushin — were arrested Monday morning when they reported to work at Macon State Prison. The facility is located in Oglethorpe, about 50 miles southwest of Macon.
All are charged with aggravated battery and violating their oaths of office.
At the request of Corrections Commissioner Brian Owens, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation was asked to investigate allegations of incidents at Macon State Prison and Smith State Prisons on January 5, 2011.
“I appreciate the GBI’s swift response in investigating these allegations and assisting with the Department’s non-negotiable mission of protecting the public,” Owens said. “We have an obligation to protect the public and that includes staff and inmates.”
GBI Christopher Hall is one of seven prison guards arrested Monday, Feb. 21 on charges of beating an inmate.
GBI Derrick Wimbush is one of seven prison guards arrested Monday, Feb. 21 on charges of beating an inmate.
GBI Ronald Lach is one of seven prison guards arrested Monday, Feb. 21 on charges of beating an inmate.