A grand jury has issued indictments against two Federal Bureau of Prisons employees.
Grand Jury Indicts Two Bureau of Prisons Employees
The Bureau of Prisons employees are accused of neglecting to provide necessary medical care to an inmate in Virginia, leading to the inmate’s death.
The announcement came from the Justice Department on Wednesday, shedding light on the alleged misconduct, AP News reported.
The indicted Bureau of Prisons employees have been identified as Lt. Shronda Covington, 47-year-old, and Tonya Farley, a 52-year-old registered nurse.
They now face charges related to the violation of the inmate’s civil rights.
The incident occurred in January 2021 at the Federal Correctional Institution located in Petersburg, Virginia.
Bureau of Prisons Employees Faces Charges
According to the news release from the department, the two Bureau of Prisons employees Covington and Farley are accused of displaying deliberate indifference to the inmate’s critical medical needs.
Farley has also been charged with fabricating a false report concerning the incident, in addition to the civil rights violation charges.
According to the indictment, both Bureau of Prisons employees Covington and Farley, who lives in Chesterfield, Virginia, are also charged with making false statements to federal agents.
The man who tragically lost his life has been identified as Wade Walters, according to records obtained by The Associated Press.
Walters passed away on January 10, 2021. The cause of death has not been specified in the available documents, but his death has been classified as “cardiac.” The gravity of the charges is reflected in the potential consequences that the two Bureau of Prisons employees may face.
Each civil rights charge carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment, while the false report charge could result in a maximum penalty of 20 years behind bars. Furthermore, each false statement charge carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison.
At present, it is unclear whether the two Bureau of Prisons employees have legal representation and can provide comments on their behalf.