Augusta, GA (WJBF) – Three former Augusta State Medical Prison correctional officers have been charged with a civil rights violation for their alleged role in the beating of an inmate that happened in 2014.
The men have been identified as John Williams, Antonio Binns and Justin Washington. Binns and Washington were also charged with one count of obstruction of Justice. The inmate, known as C.V., was allegedly beaten on February 13, 2014.
Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Vanita Gupta, head of the U.S. Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division; U.S. Attorney Edward J. Tarver of the Southern District of Georgia and Special Agent in Charge J. Britt Johnson of the FBI’s Atlanta Division made the announcement.
The indictment alleges that Williams, Binns and Washington assaulted C.V. while he was handcuffed behind his back. The indictment further alleges that Binns and Washington wrote false reports covering up the assault.
An indictment is merely an allegation and the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty. If convicted of the civil rights charge, each defendant faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison. The obstruction of justice counts carry a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.
The case is being investigated by the FBI’s Augusta Resident Agency. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Charlie Bourne and C. Troy Clark of the Southern District of Georgia and Trial Attorney Angie Cha of the Civil Rights Division’s Criminal Section.