PRISON GUARD CONVICTED IN DEATH OF INMATE

NAYZE MEDIA (STAFF)

U.S. NEWS: SPRINGFIELD, IL

Cover Photo Courtesy: ABC-7 News

30-year old, former Illinois Department Of Corrections Officer, Alex Banta, was convicted in the 2018 beating of an inmate at a prison in Western Illinois. Banta was convicted by a jury on Monday. A report from the ASSOCIATED PRESS said, the incident took place at Western Illinois Correctional Center in Quincy, Illinois, around 250 miles southwest of Chicago, according to the AP report.

MOUNT STERLING PRISON CELL BLOCK COURTESY: MUDDY RIVERS

Banta is facing up to life in prison when he is sentenced for civil rights and conspiracy charges in the death of 65-year old, Larry Earvin, who was an inmate at the facility at the time of the incident.

On May 17, 2018, Earvin was alleged to have refused to return to his cell on his housing unit. One of the officers hit the panic button, and up to 12 correctional officers reportedly responded to the disturbance call. Earvin was detained and escorted to the segregation unit by officers. During the escort, Banta and other officers were accused of kicking, punching, jumping, and stomping Earvin in the vestibule leading to the segregation units, where there are no cameras.

Earvin ended up dying as a direct result of his injuries from the beating. Several officers present at the time of the beating have been charged in the beating also.

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