FBI agents arrested three former Alabama prison guards on Monday after a federal grand jury indicted them on charges of beating a handcuffed prisoner to death and lying to investigators about the attack.
Michael Smith, 37, Matthew Davidson 43, and Joseph Sanders, 31, former guards at Ventress Correctional Facility in Clayton, Ala., are accused of assaulting Rocrast Mack, a 24-year-old Ventress inmate, and making false statements to state and federal investigators about the attack after his death.
Mack was sentenced to 20 years in state prison after pleading guilty to selling $10 worth of crack cocaine to an undercover cop in 2009.
The fatal beating occurred Aug. 4, 2010, after a female guard, Melissa Brown, accused Mack of looking at her inappropriately while she did evening rounds in one of the prison’s crowded dorms. Prison records obtained by the Huffington Post during a 2011 investigation into Mack’s death showed that Brown struck Mack, slapping him across the face, then called for assistance after he struck her, bloodying her lip.
Smith, Davidson and Sanders responded and severely beat Mack in several areas of the prison using their feet, fists and batons, the indictment says. During part of the beating, Mack was handcuffed.
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