Former Corrections Official Sentenced To 4 Years For Refusing Medical Care To Inmate

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A former Oklahoma jail administrator was sentenced to 51 months in prison for refusing medical services to an ill inmate, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced Wednesday.

Wayne Barnes pleaded guilty in February to refusing to give insulin to a diabetic inmate, known only as K.W., who later died from the deprivation, according to the DOJ statement. K.W. arrived to the jail June 16, 2013, and immediately requested insulin for his diabetes, which Barnes refused. Barnes found K.W. unconscious June 19. Only then did Barnes call for medical services, but K.W. died three days later in a hospital without ever regaining consciousness. (RELATED: Three California Officers Convicted Of Murdering Mentally Ill Inmate)

“Every law enforcement officer in this country takes an oath to uphold the United States Constitution,” said acting assistant Attorney General John Gore. “The Constitution ensures that persons detained pending the adjudication of charges against them are entitled to necessary medical care. This sentence affirms the importance of that right and underscores the continuing commitment of the Civil Rights Division to hold officers accountable to their oaths.”

Barnes will serve 51 months in prison and is required to pay a $10,000 fine, but he faced a potential life sentence before his guilty plea, according to KFOR.

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