Former CERT Officer Sentenced for Beating

| December 6, 2014

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ATLANTA – Three former Correctional Emergency Response Team officers were sentenced for inmate beatings, the Justice Department announced.  All had been convicted in June of this year.

Christopher Hall, a former CERT Sergeant at the Macon State Prison in Oglethorpe, was sentenced to 72 months in prison for conspiracy to obstruct justice and 2 counts of other obstruction-related charges.

The sentence was related to events involving the beating of an inmate in 2010 and a subsequent effort to cover the crime up.

Two other CERT officers, Ronald Lach and Delton Rushin, were sentenced Thursday in relation to the beating.  Lach received a sentence of 90 months in prison for his part in the beating and for the cover up conspiracy, as well as filing a false report.  Rushin was sentenced to 60 months in prison for conspiring to obstruct justice and other obstruction-related charges.

In addition to their prison time, all three will have 2 years of supervised release.

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