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Four Florida Prison Officers Charged With Beating Inmate to Death

A fourth Florida corrections officer charged with murder in the fatal beating of a prison inmate was arrested on Friday, NBC News reports. Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle identified the officer as Jeremy Godbolt, 29. Godbolt and three other officers were charged with second-degree murder, conspiracy, aggravated battery on an elderly person and other crimes. The other officers were identified as Christopher Rolon, 29; Kirk Walton, 34; and Ronald Connor, 24. Rundle identified the inmate as Ronald Gene Ingram, 60, a man with a mental illness who was serving a life term for first-degree murder.

Authorities said he was being transferred from the mental health unit at Dade Correctional Institution on Feb. 22 when he threw urine on an officer. The officers allegedly responded with a beating so severe Ingram had to be carried to a van that was taking him to a different prison. Ingram, who authorities described as compliant and in handcuffs during the assault, died en route Rundle described the death as "back alley justice" and said that Ingram may have lost his freedom but not his "basic rights." The three officers arrested Thursday appeared in court Friday and were denied bond.


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