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Two corrections officers found guilty in retaliatory inmate assaults

Baltimore prosecutors announced Thursday that a jury last week convicted two corrections officers who were on trial for a retaliatory attack on a group of inmates who had assaulted a fellow officer at a state prison in 2013.

Sgts. Kwasi Ramsey and Jemiah Green were convicted of multiple counts of second-degree assault, and one count each of misconduct in office. They were acquitted of more serious charges of first-degree assault, and conspiracy to commit assault.

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The charges stemmed from a Sept. 29, 2013, incident at the Maryland Reception Diagnostic and Classification Center. Earlier in the day, inmates had attacked an officer, who was sent to University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center for facial fractures, prosecutors said.

That evening, other officers were alleged to have isolated inmates they believed responsible, and handcuffed and beat them, prosecutors said. The officers instructed the inmates to tell prison medical staff that they fell from their bunk beds. Charges were brought in 2014.

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Ramsey and Green will be sentenced June 20. A third officer, Richard Hanna, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit first-degree assault and has not yet been sentenced.

Prosecutors said Green was also convicted, in June of last year, in connection with an assault on an inmate. He received an 18-month suspended sentence in that case, records show.

"The actions of these correctional officers — in particular Jemiah Green … demonstrated a pattern of lawless conduct by some staff at MRDCC," said Gerald Collins, chief of the State's Attorney's Office's Major Investigations Unit.

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