2 former deputy jailers indicted by federal grand jury
A federal grand jury has indicted two former deputy jailers in eastern Kentucky in the death of an inmate in 2013.
The U.S. Justice Department says 38-year-old Damon Hickman and 59-year-old William Howell are accused of civil rights violations in 54-year-old Larry Trent’s death while Trent was in jail awaiting trial. Hickman is also charged with attempting to cover up his involvement.
Hickman and Howell are accused of using excessive force against Trent and failing to provide him with necessary medical care.
A Perry County grand jury charged Hickman and Howell with manslaughter a month after Trent died, and the Lexington Herald-Leader reported Monday that the case is still pending.
The Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting reported earlier that Trent’s estate had won a $2.3 million civil settlement.