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Garfield County jail administrator sentenced to 55 hours in inmate’s death

Enid News & Eagle, http://www.enidnews.com - May 1, 2019 9:24 am

ENID, Okla. (AP) – A former jail administrator in Oklahoma has been sentenced to just more than two days in jail after she pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter in the death of an inmate who spent more than two days in a restraint chair.

Former Garfield County jail administrator Jennifer Shay Niles was sentenced Tuesday to 55 hours in jail. She was among several people charged following the 2016 death of Anthony Huff.

According to the Enid News & Eagle , Niles testified Tuesday that Huff was restrained because he had been kicking doors and hitting his head on a wall. But prosecutor Chris Boring said Huff was left to suffer in the chair and wasn’t removed until he was dead.

The state medical examiner’s office listed Huff’s probable cause of death as chronic alcoholism.

 

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