Fourth of five defendants in federal prison abuse case pleads guilty

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The fourth of the five former correction workers at Richwood Correctional Center in Monroe, La., has pleaded guilty to conspiring to cover up his part in covering up the physical assault of five inmates, the U.S. Department of Justice and the Western District of Louisiana’s U.S. Attorney’s Office said today.

Quintail Credit, 26, of Winsboro, admitted he and four others conspired to falsify documents with intent to obstruct and influence the in investigation of the assault, according to a joint announcement by Assistant Attorney General Eric Dreiband for the Civil Rights Division and U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Louisiana David C. Joseph.

Richwood is a medium-security prison operated by LaSalle Corrections, a private developer and operator of 18 correctional centers in Texas, Louisiana and Georgia.

Just last week, Roderick Douglas, 38, of Monroe, a former supervisor at Richwood, pleaded guilty to the same charge, and Christopher Loring of Monroe, Demario Shaffer of Delhi, pleaded guilty earlier.

With Credit’s guilty plea, only Parker has not pleaded guilty.

The five were charged in a seven-count indictment returned under seal by a federal grand jury, which was unsealed in April.

Credit worked as a correctional officer at the Richwood Correctional Center in Richwood, Louisiana, where on Oct. 30, 2016, he and other officers abused inmates and then conspired to cover it up.

According to Credit, he and other officers sprayed a chemical agent directly in the faces and eyes of five inmates while the inmates were handcuffed, compliant, kneeling on the floor, and not posing a physical threat to anyone. Following that abuse, Credit and the other officers conspired to hide their conduct by submitting false reports.

“Any officer who conspires to cover up any crime or physical assault against an inmate violates federal law and will be held accountable under the law,” Dreiband. said. “The Justice Department will continue to prosecute unlawful misconduct by correction officers.”

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