In April, a federal jury convicted 53-year-old Matthew Ware, an Oklahoma prison guard, for allowing Black inmates, being detained pre-trial, to be attacked by white supremacists, which violated the civil rights of three inmates, reports KOCO-TV.
Ware was sentenced to 46 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release, a news release states.
"This defendant is being held accountable for abusing his position of power and authority to, among other things, facilitate an attack carried out by white supremacists on a Black inmate," Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke, of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, said in the news release. "This sentence handed down reflects the seriousness of the defendant’s actions and ensures accountability for his unlawful conduct. The Justice Department will continue to hold corrections officials accountable, including those in leadership positions, when they willfully violate the constitutional rights of detainees and inmates in their custody and control."
Prosecutors said Ware ordered another employee to move two Black inmates to a unit that had white supremacist inmates. Investigators said Ware knew the Black inmates would be in danger.
Ware also ordered the cells of the inmates to be unlocked, which led to a violent attack. A third inmate was restrained in a position with his arms extended for 90 minutes, which resulted in physical injury.
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