Jury selected in corrections officers trial

Published 11:18 am Tuesday, September 22, 2015

CINCINNATI — Jurors were selected Monday for a federal trial involving three Lawrence County corrections officers who were indicted in January for allegedly assaulting and injuring an inmate at the jail.

Monday was the first day of what is expected to be a two-week long trial in U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio in Cincinnati.

Defendants in the case are Jeremy S. Hanshaw, Ronald S. Hatfield and Jason D. Mays, who were charged following an Aug. 19, 2014, incident in which the three allegedly mistreated an inmate, Larry Kinstler, who was booked into the jail on a disorderly conduct charge.

Following an investigation by Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office detectives, Mays was fired and Hatfield and Hanshaw were placed on administrative leave.

At the time, Hatfield and Hanshaw were charged with felonious assault and Mays with tampering with evidence.

In January, a federal grand jury indicted the men. All three were charged with conspiracy against rights and deprivation against rights under the color of the law and aiding and abetting. The indictment alleged the three men “willfully combined, conspired and agreed with one another to injure, oppress, threaten and intimidate (Kinstler) … in the right to be free from the use of unreasonable force by one acting under the color of law.”

Hatfield and Mays were charged with knowingly covering up evidence while Hanshaw was charged with falsifying a use of force report and an incident report.

Jury selection began around 10 a.m. Monday and concluded with 16 from a jury pool of 72 being sworn in around 3 p.m. The jury consists of six men and 10 women. Four of those jurors are alternates, although jurors won’t know if he or she is an alternate until right before deliberations.

Of the jurors not selected to hear the case, one was a woman who said she was from Lawrence County and had heard some details of the case in local media reporting. Another was a man who said he had been booked into the Lawrence County Jail himself at one time.

The case is being heard by United States District Judge Timothy S. Black. Prosecutors for the case are Assistant United States Attorneys Emily Glatfelter and Alexis Zouhary. At their table was FBI Special Agent Brian Carol.

Hanshaw is represented by attorney Mark Collins; Hatfield is represented by attorneys Michael Allen and Joshua Engel; Mays is represented by attorneys David Thomas and Kathryn Wallrabenstein.

Opening statements are expected to begin this morning.