Former Corrections Officers Plead Guilty to Conspiracy to Violate Civil Rights
PANAMA CITY, FL—William F. Finch, 35, of Wauseau, Florida, and Dalton E. Riley, 24, of Bethlehem, Florida, pled guilty today to conspiring to violate the civil rights of an inmate at the Northwest Florida Reception Center (“NWFRC”), a state prison in Chipley, Florida. Their co-defendant, Robert L. Miller, 48, of Lynn Haven, Florida, pled guilty on April 1. The guilty pleas were announced by Pamela C. Marsh, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida.
During their pleas, Finch, Riley, and Miller admitted to physically assaulting an inmate at NWFRC on August 5, 2014, without justification and causing the inmate bodily injury. To conceal the defendants’ actions, Finch falsified reports of the incident by falsely stating that the assault was in response to the inmate spitting on another officer.
Sentencing for Finch and Riley is scheduled for July 1, 2015, before United States District Judge Richard Smoak at the United States Courthouse, 30 West Government Street, Panama City, Florida. Sentencing for Miller is scheduled for June 17.
The case is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Florida Department of Corrections—Office of the Inspector General. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Gayle E. Littleton.
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