- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 31, 2015

CLINTON, Tenn. (AP) - A former nurse has pleaded not guilty to a charge stemming from the death of an inmate at the Anderson County jail.

The Daily Times (https://bit.ly/1bMUKKp) reports Billy Joe Brockman is charged with filing a false report in connection to the death of Christopher Charles Sullivan, who died last July of an overdose.

The indictment against Brockman, who was a nurse with Advanced Correctional Healthcare Inc., “indicates that he unlawfully reported to Anderson County Sheriff’s Department that he had measured and recorded the vital signs of Christopher C. Sullivan while knowing that, in fact, he had not measured or recorded the information,” according to a statement from District Attorney General Dave Clark.

Brockman’s attorney, Scott Lanzon of Knoxville-based Hindman & Associates, declined to comment after Monday’s hearing.

Sullivan’s mother, Sherry Petrowski, told the newspaper that she came to the hearing in an effort to seek justice for her son.

“This is the first step in these proceedings,” said Petrowski. “We’re willing to let the court system do its job, but we want to pursue justice for Chris. (Brockman) had the opportunity and the knowledge to save my son’s life and failed, for whatever reason, to do so.”

Attorney Heidi Barcus said in a statement to the newspaper that Brockman was terminated from Advanced Correctional Healthcare and that the company is “cooperating fully with the investigation.”


Information from: The Daily Times, https://www.thedailytimes.com

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