Guards sentenced for abusing prisoner

MACON, GA (WALB) - The Justice Department announced that Christopher Hall, a former Sergeant for the Correctional Emergency Response Team (CERT) at Macon State Prison (MSP) in Oglethorpe, Georgia.

Two former CERT officers, Ronald Lach and Delton Rushin, were sentenced on Thursday for the beating of an inmate in 2010 and the cover-up that followed.

All three officers were convicted by a federal jury on June 20, 2014.

Hall was sentenced to 72 months in prison for conspiracy to obstruct justice and two obstruction-related offenses. Lach was sentenced to 90 months in prison for his involvement in the beating of the inmate, for conspiring to cover up the beating and for writing a false report.

Rushin was sentenced to 60 months in prison for conspiring to obstruct justice and obstruction-related offenses. All three have two years of supervised release.

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