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P.G. corrections officer charged in 2008 inmate death

- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 26, 2012

A former Prince George's County Department of Corrections officer was arrested and indicted Thursday in the death of inmate and suspected cop killer Ronnie White.

The federal civil rights violation and cover-up charges against Anthony McIntosh, 48, come nearly four years after White's 2008 death. Maryland's Office of the Chief Medical Examiner ruled White's death a homicide, but the county state's attorney declined to prosecute due to lack of evidence.

Mr. McIntosh is charged with the civil rights violation for "deprivation of rights under color of law in connection with the death of White," according to the Justice Department.

According to the indictment, Mr. McIntosh found White unresponsive in his solitary-confinement cell but walked away and did not provide him any medical attention. Only when another on-duty corrections officer discovered White did Mr. McIntosh act.

An autopsy performed by the medical examiner revealed White suffered two broken bones in his neck and died of asphyxiation caused by strangulation. Corrections officers have maintained that White hung himself.

Two days prior to his death, White was arrested in the death of county police officer Cpl. Richard Findley. He was pursing a stolen truck that struck and killed him.

Mr. McIntosh is also charged for attempting to cover up his actions after the death, according to the indictment.

The two additional charges are for destruction, alteration or falsification of records in a federal investigation, specifically for falsifying an incident report and a witness statement regarding White's death.

Mr. McIntosh, who was arrested in New York, faces a maximum penalty of life in prison for the civil rights offense. He also faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison on each count of falsification of records and a $250,000 fine for each count.

A county Department of Corrections spokesman declined to comment on the indictment.

White's family filed a multimillion-dollar civil lawsuit against the county jail and corrections officers. An attorney representing the family could not be reached Thursday.

Mr. McIntosh is expected in court in New York on Friday but [JUMP]does not yet have a court date scheduled in Maryland, prosecutors said.

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