Jailers found not guilty

Published 4:52 pm Friday, October 2, 2015

The three former corrections officers at the Lawrence County Jail have been found not guilty on all counts in a federal trial where they had been accused of mistreatment of an inmate.

The verdicts came after three days of deliberation in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio in Cincinnati.

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

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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.

See Sunday’s edition of The Tribune for the complete story.