Three former Angola guards indicted for covering up inmate beating
BATON ROUGE – Federal prosecutors announced Wednesday that three Angola prison correctional officers were indicted for beating a handcuffed inmate then conspiring to cover up the crime.
United States Attorney Walt Green said 40-year-old Daniel Davis, 31-year-old John Sanders and 38-year-old James Savoy were charged in a multi-count indictment by a federal grand jury Wednesday.
A statement from Green’s office said the three men caused bodily injury to an inmate then created a false story claiming that the officers used reasonable force. The three men also ordered subordinates to clean up the inmate’s blood before internal investigators could document it. Those subordinates were also ordered to lie to those investigators later.
A fourth man, 48-year-old Scotty Kennedy pleaded guilty Tuesday for his role in the incident.
Green said the officers’ actions caused direct harm to the victim and indirectly hurts officers who do their jobs with honesty and integrity.
“It is a sad day whenever a member of law enforcement engages in wrongdoing,” Green said. “Today’s indictment reinforces that no one is above the law.”