Sentencing set for former Macon State Prison guards found guilty of obstructing federal investigation

awomack@macon.comJune 23, 2014 

Three former Macon State Prison guards will be sentenced later this summer for their part in obstructing an investigation into assaults on four inmates.

Following a two-week federal trial, jurors found Christopher Hall, Ronald Lach Jr. and Delton Rushin each guilty of conspiring to obstruct an investigation and falsifying records. Lach also was found guilty of depriving an inmate of his rights, according to federal court records.

Jurors deliberated for 13 hours before delivering a verdict Friday night.

Jurors acquitted two other guards -- Tyler Griffin and Derrick Wimbush -- and Deputy Warden James Hinton, who supervised the guards as they worked on the prison’s Correctional Emergency Response Team.

Griffin and Hinton had awaited trial as suspended -- but paid -- employees of the Georgia Department of Corrections.

Federal authorities alleged that the six men had conspired to beat inmates between October and December 2010 in retaliation for assaults on guards at the prison, located in Oglethorpe. It also was alleged that the group conspired to cover up the beatings.

Hall, Lach and Rushin are scheduled to be sentenced Aug. 27.

Five other guards have pleaded guilty to federal charges associated with incidents at the prison. Their sentencing dates have not been set.

To contact writer Amy Leigh Womack, call 744-4398.

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