Sun coverage: Homicide at Western Md. prison
Archived stories on the homicide of a 51-year-old inmate at Western Correctional Institution in Cresaptown.
June 2, 2005
A Maryland prison inmate who claimed he was harassed and beaten by correctional officers for telling investigators what he knew about another prisoner's death lost his bid yesterday for a transfer to the federal prison system.
June 1, 2005
A Maryland prison inmate who told authorities he witnessed correctional officers mistreat an inmate who died last year testified in federal court yesterday that he has been beaten and harassed and fears for his safety as long as he remains in the state's custody.
May 26, 2005
A federal judge has agreed to hear a complaint from an inmate who claims that correctional officers have harassed and beaten him for talking to investigators about the death of a prisoner in Western Maryland last year.
April 19, 2005
An inmate who died after a violent struggle with correctional staff at a Western Maryland prison last year was handled appropriately and did not appear to be in medical distress after the encounter, according to court papers filed by state lawyers representing the officers.
April 2, 2005
Correctional officers at a Western Maryland prison kept medical personnel from attending to inmate Ifeanyi A. Iko as he lay motionless and apparently unconscious after a violent encounter with prison staff last year, according to legal papers filed in federal court by a lawyer for his family.
February 6, 2005
Prison officials say the internal investigators looking into the death of an inmate on a prison bus last week are conducting an independent inquiry, but critics say that using an outside agency would eliminate any hint of bias.
August 4, 2004
State legislators will further investigate the homicide of an inmate at a Western Maryland prison, saying that an Allegany County grand jury inquiry - which exonerated prison staff last week - left many unanswered questions.
July 30, 2004
An Allegany County grand jury decided yesterday that the prison staff was not criminally responsible for the homicide of a 51-year-old Nigerian inmate three months ago at Western Correctional Institution near Cumberland.
July 29, 2004
CUMBERLAND - An Allegany County grand jury met yesterday to begin its investigation into whether prison staffers were criminally responsible for the death of an inmate at Western Correctional Institution in nearby Cresaptown.
July 21, 2004
Two months after a Western Maryland inmate died after being subdued with three cans of pepper spray, the state prison commissioner has toughened guidelines for its use, according to an internal memo.
July 11, 2004
Tucked away in a scenic mountain setting near Cumberland sits one of Maryland's most modern prisons, staffed by correctional officers who have a reputation for a strict, no-nonsense approach to dealing with inmates.
June 9, 2004
The state prisons commissioner vowed yesterday that the homicide of a 51-year-old inmate at a Western Maryland prison will be thoroughly investigated, even as family members continued to express concerns of a cover-up.
June 4, 2004
A Western Correctional Institution inmate whose death was ruled a homicide had been near death - and might have been dead already - before correctional officers called for an ambulance, a tape of a 911 emergency call shows.
May 28, 2004
A 51-year-old prison inmate's death at the Western Correctional Institute after guards forcibly removed him from his cell has been ruled a homicide by the state medical examiner's office.
May 27, 2004
Maryland prison authorities broadened their inquiry yesterday into the death last month of a 51-year-old inmate at the Western Correctional Institution in Allegany County, as relatives reiterated their belief that foul play led to his death.
May 19, 2004
Maryland prison authorities are investigating the death of a 51-year-old inmate from the Western Correctional Institution in Allegany County who was found motionless in his cell April 30, a prison spokesman said yesterday.