LONDON — A federal grand jury has indicted two former Perry County jailers on federal civil rights charges relating to the death of a pretrial detainee back in July 2013.
Damon Wayne Hickman and William Curtis Howell were indicted on one count of failing to provide Larry Trent, the pretrial detainee at the time, necessary medical care. According to the indictment on July 9. 2013, Hickman and Howell acted with deliberate indifference to a substantial risk of harm to Trent, and resulted in bodily harm, and eventually death of Trent. Denying medical care is a derivation of rights under color of law.
Hickman and Howell were also indicted on one count of use of excessive force. According to the indictment, Hickman and Howell assaulted Trent, resulting in bodily harm. Excessive force amounting to punishment is derivation of rights under color of law.
Hickman was indicted on an additional charge of falsification of records with the intent to impeded, obstruct and influence the investigation of the matter within federal jurisdiction. According to the indictment, Hickman falsified and made false entries in an official log. The indictment says that Hickman wrote that he observed Trent at specific times, and according to the indictment, “he (Hickman) did not in fact observe L.T. (Trent).” The indictment also says that Hickman wrote “10-4” when he knew that Trent was not “10-4”.
For failing to provide medical care, Hickman and Howell could face death or life imprisonment, a fine of not more than $250,000 and a term of supervised release of not more than 5 years.
For the use of excessive force, and assault, Hickman and Howell could face 10 years or less imprisionment, a fine of not more than $250,000 and a term of supervised release of not more than 3 years.
Hickman could face 20 years or less imprsionment, a fine of not more than $250,000 and a term of supervised release of not more than 3 years for the falsification of records.
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