Advertisement

Former officer guilty of conspiracy in North Branch assaults

September 02, 2009

CUMBERLAND, Md. (AP) -- A former correctional officer has been found guilty of conspiring to commit assault in the beating of inmates at the North Branch Correctional Institution.

Thirty-six-year-old Jason Weaver of Cumberland was also acquitted of six counts of assault Tuesday in Allegany County Circuit Court. The jury deliberated for more than two hours before returning the verdict.

Prosecutors contend Weaver and five other fired guards beat six inmates who had been transferred to the prison near Cumberland. The alleged beating occurred after a disturbance at the medium-security Roxbury Correctional Institution near Hagerstown in March 2008.

Three other officers were convicted of assault charges in separate trials and one was acquitted. A sixth officer is scheduled to stand trial next week.

Advertisement
The Herald-Mail Articles
|
|
|