3 former guards sentenced in beating scheme at Macon State Prison

Three former Macon State Prison employees were sentenced in federal court Thursday for their part in a conspiracy to beat inmates in retaliation for assaults on guards in late 2010.

Ronald Lach Jr. was sentenced to 90 months in prison while Christopher Hall received 72 months and Delton Rushin received 60 months, said Debra Gomez, Lach’s attorney. They appeared before Judge Marc Treadwell in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia in Macon.

The former prison guards were allowed voluntary surrender, meaning they will be out of jail until assigned to a federal correctional facility, Gomez said. The placement is complicated because authorities are trying to place the men in facilities where there are not inmates from prisons where they’ve worked.

The three were found guilty in June. The scheme involved punishing inmates who hit guards by taking them to a secluded area at the prison near Oglethorpe for beatings.

Writers Jennifer Burk and Joe Kovac Jr. contributed to this report.