Former RCI Sgt. Sentenced to Over 12 Months in Prison for Obstruction of Justice

- WHAG NEWS - Josh Hummer, formerly a sergeant at Roxbury Correctional Institution in Hagerstown, Md., was sentenced Friday to serve 12 months and a day in prison for obstruction of justice, according to the Department of Justice. 

On January 31, 2014, a federal jury found Hummer guilty of providing false and misleading information to state investigators tasked with conducting an inquiry into a series of staff assaults against an inmate, Kennth Davis at RCI. 

Officials say evidence presented at trial showed that Hummer, 41, of Chambersburg, Pa., was on duty as a sergeant at RCI on March 9, 2008, when officers assaulted Davis inside his cell. On April 3, 2008, Hummer lied to a Maryland State Police detective about the assault. 

To date 16 former RCI officers have been convicted in connection with the series of assaults against Davis. Officials say through those guilty pleas, the defendants have admitted that officers from three different shifts, including Hummer's, assaulted Davis in retaliation for a prior incident in which Davis had hit an officer. 

Investigators say as a result of the beatings, Davis suffered broken bones in his face, ribs and back. 

Acting Assistant Attorney General Jocelyn Samuels said in a written release, "When a supervisor at a correctional facility tries to cover up a staff assault of an inmate, however, the Department of Justice will do its utmost to hold him accountable." 

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