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  • mcprison mcprison Jun 11, 2002 11:41 AM Flag

    Former AW pleads guilty to abuse

    The Associated Press State & Local Wire

    June 8, 2002, Saturday, BC cycle

    SECTION: State and Regional

    LENGTH: 141 words

    HEADLINE: Former assistant warden pleads guilty to abuse charges



    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.

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