HEADLINE: Former assistant warden pleads guilty to abuse charges
DATELINE: HOBBS, N.M.
The former assistant warden at a privately run prison here has pleaded guilty to two felony charges in connection with the abuse of some inmates.
Raymond O'Rourke appeared before U.S. District Judge M. Christina Armijo on Thursday. He was sentenced to 21 months in prison after pleading guilty to a count of deprivation of rights under color of law and obstruction of justice by witness tampering.
O'Rourke was accused of ordering two lieutenants to assault former inmates Tommy McManaway and David Gonzales in August 1998 at the Lincoln County Correctional Facility. He then orchestrated a cover-up of the incidents, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.
The two guards, Judson McPeters and Thomas Doyle, have pleaded guilty to similar charges. They have not been sentenced.
The prison is operated by Florida-based Wackenhut.