Boot Camp Guards Charged with Inmate's Death ~ OPOLAW Injury Blog

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Boot Camp Guards Charged with Inmate's Death

Seven former guards and a nurse at a juvenile offender's boot camp in Pensacola, Florida have been charged with aggravated manslaughter after the death of a teenage boy. Martin Lee Anderson, 14, died in January (06JAN06) after injuries sustained from rough handling by the guards at the military-style camp. The incident was videotaped. If found guilty, the former guards and the nurse who watched the incident could be punished with a 30-year prison sentence. An initial autopsy found that Anderson died of complications of sickle cell trait, but a second autopsy determined that Anderson's death was caused by suffocation as a result of the guards' hands blocking his mouth. Anderson suffocated to death after "forced inhalation of ammonia fumes", blocking his upper airway after causing his vocal cords to spasm. The state Department of Juvenile Justice and the Bay County Sheriff's Office are being sued for over $40 million in damages by Anderson's family. Florida governor Jeb Bush says, "We'll obviously follow the developments of this case closely and hope at the end of the day that justice will be served. We also hope that once the process is completed that Martin Lee Anderson's family will have the answers to the questions that they legitimately have." The state Department of Juvenile Justice and the Bay County Sheriff's Office are being sued for over $40 million in damages by Anderson's family.

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