Seven prison guards arrested on charges of beating inmate


By Rhonda Cook

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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.”

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Christopher Hall is one of seven prison guards arrested Monday, Feb. 21 on charges of beating an inmate.

GBI Christopher Hall is one of seven prison guards arrested Monday, Feb. 21 on charges of beating an inmate.

Derrick Wimbush 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.

Ronald Lach 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.

Darren Douglas is one of seven prison guards arrested Monday, Feb. 21 on charges of beating an inmate.

GBI Darren Douglas is one of seven prison guards arrested Monday, Feb. 21 on charges of beating an inmate.

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4 thoughts on “Seven prison guards arrested on charges of beating inmate

  1. Wanda, I know in Georgia you are probably right about them being acquited, but I have been watching on the federal level the prosecutions are increasing a little for prisoner abuse.

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  2. This really gets to me. I have PTSD. Cops and prison guards can get PTSD from their work. I can see one guy loosing it, but when they beat someone as a group it is just so sickening. If one guy looses it and the other guards stop him that is one thing, but this is horrendous.

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  3. In 1999 8 guards went into my husband Frank Valdes cell and beat him to death. They knew it was guards as Frank was on death row. I know what will happen the guards will all be aquitted no one will pay. Put Frank Valdes
    name under search in the computer and read his story. Once in awhile they will get a guard and charge him, but it is rare . the US Dept of justice was even going to charge the guards for violation of Franks rights. Only because Amnesty Int. demanded it. They waited til everything calmed down and they swept the case under the rug.The same will happen in this case.Their will be very little focus on the beating it will all be on what a criminal this person is. I lived it and experienced it.
    If you like to abuse and kill people become a guard. Their are some good honest guards but the mean ones over shadow them. Wanda Valdes wife of a murdered inmate

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