Former Oklahoma County jail guards get prison time

Two former Oklahoma County jail guards have been sentenced for crimes in connection with the beating death of an inmate.

BY NOLAN CLAY Oklahoman    

Published: July 2, 2010

Two former guards at the Oklahoma County jail have been sentenced to federal prison for crimes connected to an inmate’s beating death.

Justin Mark Isch, shown in 2009, was sentenced Wednesday to six months in federal prison for using excessive force on an inmate.

Justin Mark Isch, 23, of Edmond, was sentenced Wednesday to six months in federal prison for using excessive force on the inmate.

William Ira Hathorn, 29, of Oklahoma City, was sentenced Thursday to eight months in federal prison for lying to FBI agents, a federal grand jury and others about the abuse. He eventually chose to cooperate in the investigation.

The inmate, Christopher Beckman, 34, of Choctaw, died of head injuries in a hospital May 28, 2007.

Two days earlier, he had struggled with jail guards in his second-floor cell, just outside his cell and inside a 13th-floor jail medical clinic

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So the 2 that murdered the inmate get 6 months but the guy that lied to the FBI gets 8 months.  Is this any sort of deterrent?

Sheriff Spokesman Mark Myers said that the man was not abused when he spoke about the issue seveal months ago.

Disgusting

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At the time of the death, sheriff’s spokesman Mark Myers claimed Beckman suffered his injuries during a seizure while being transferred from his cell to a medical wing. Myers said he was being taken from the second floor to the first “when he fell face first to the floor and began convulsing.”  Then, Myers claimed, Beckman became “combative with officers at that point and suffered several cuts to his face.”  Myers said there was a video recording of the incident and said “at no time is there any evidence that any detention officers struck the victim.”

2 responses to “Former Oklahoma County jail guards get prison time

  1. That is an outrage, only 6 months!!!!!! They will probably spend that in a club fed…My ideal would be more like 30 years and not in ‘catch out’…

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