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Second Macon State prison guard pleads guilty to violating inmates’ civil rights

A second former Macon State Prison Correctional Emergency Response Team member pleaded guilty Wednesday to violating inmates’ civil rights and falsifying records in a federal investigation.

Darren Douglass-Griffin, 35, faces a maximum 25 years in prison, according to a U.S. Attorney’s Office news release. He entered his plea during a hearing held in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia.

Douglass-Griffin has admitted that he and other correctional officers assaulted and injured inmates during incidents at the prison in Oglethorpe in 2010, according to the news release.

He said three inmates were beaten in separate incidents as a form of punishment. One inmate was taken away from the prison in an ambulance following a beating, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Douglass-Griffin also admitted he and other officers tried to cover up the officers’ involvement in injuring the inmates. He said other officers told him to write false reports and use a cover story when talking with investigators, according to the release.

Willie Redden, 24, of Albany, pleaded guilty in July to conspiring with other officers to violate the inmates’ rights.

He faces a maximum of five years in prison.

A sentencing date hasn’t been set for either man, according to court records.

Information from Telegraph archives was used in this report. To contact writer Amy Leigh Womack, call 744-4398.

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