- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 17, 2016

WASHINGTON (AP) - Two former security guards were indicted Tuesday for involuntary manslaughter in the death of a hospital patient in Washington.

Clifton Montgomery, 30, of Bladensburg, Maryland, and Charles Brown, 43, of Fort Washington, Maryland, were indicted by a District of Columbia grand jury in the death of 74-year-old James McBride. It was not immediately clear if the two men had attorneys.

Prosecutors say that if convicted they face a maximum of 30 years in prison.

MedStar Washington Hospital Center officials previously said McBride was a patient at the hospital when he left Sept. 29 without being formally discharged. Officials have said McBride was being escorted back to the hospital by two security guards when an altercation occurred. McBride died two days later.

The hospital said in a statement Tuesday evening that the guards have not worked at the hospital since November.

The medical examiner’s office has ruled McBride’s death a homicide, saying the cause of death was “blunt force injuries” of the neck, including damage to his spinal cord.

The one-paragraph indictment says Brown and Montgomery “unlawfully, feloniously, and in gross deviation from a reasonable standard of care, which created an extreme risk of death or of serious bodily injury, caused the death of James McBride, by assaulting him and applying force which caused damage to his spine.” There were no additional details.

A telephone message left Tuesday at a listing for McBride’s family was not immediately returned. Relatives had previously issued a statement through the hospital describing him as “a loving husband to his wife of 40 years, and a wonderful father to his son and daughter.”

In its statement, the hospital said it has investigated the event in order to prevent a similar incident in the future and is implementing some recommendations from the evaluation, including having all nurses and security officers participate in additional “de-escalation education and training.”

An online record system for the Superior Court of the District of Columbia says Montgomery and Brown are due in court June 7 for arraignment.


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