Update on Jesse Lee Williams, Jr.
Earlier I linked to Radley Balko’s post on the beating of Jesse Lee Williams, Jr. and his subsequent death at the hands of deputies in Harrison County. Well there has beens some good news on that story.
Regina Lynn Rhodes, 29, faces up to 13 years in a federal prison and a $500,000 fine for violating the civil rights of Jessie Lee Williams Jr. under color of law and withholding information. She will be sentenced Oct. 16 at 9 a.m. by U.S. District Judge Louis Guirola Jr.
Rhodes pleaded guilty Monday, admitting she injured Williams on Feb. 4 with repeated blows to his neck, back and legs while he was restrained in the jail booking room.
Her admission of guilt came through a plea agreement, read in court, which also states she failed to mention the use of unnecessary force in a report the next day and then lied to state and federal investigators during interviews on Feb. 8 and June 19. Rhodes was fired, her resignation effective April 11.
The plea agreement, dated July 26, documents Rhodes’ claim that an unnamed deputy in a supervisory position and other corrections officers “regularly encouraged other corrections officers” to assault inmates “in circumstances that did not justify use of force.” The agreement also claims the jailers “submitted false, incomplete and misleading jail reports” to cover up the incidents and that while Rhodes was aware of their actions, she failed to report them.–Link
Obviously, Regina Rhodes was one of the deputies that beat Mr. Williams to death. Hopefully this will lead to some sort of similar result for Deputy Ryan Teel.