Former Correctional Officer
at the North Branch Correctional Institution Convicted of Assault
MD ( July 21, 2009) - Attorney General Douglas F.
Gansler announced today that Tony V. Nery, 42, a former correctional
officer at the North Branch Correctional Institute, was found
guilty by a jury of four counts of assault in the second degree
and four counts of conspiracy to commit assault. Allegany County
Circuit Court Judge Gary G. Leasure ordered a pre-sentence
investigation and ordered Nery to be released on his own recognizance
Nery was accused of assaulting four inmates - Kyle Bell, Brian
Pugh, Mark Luhman, and Jason Sinclair - at the correctional facility
in March 2008. Second degree assault is a misdemeanor punishable
by up to 10 years imprisonment and/or a $2,500 fine.
This case was prosecuted
by Attorney General Gansler’s Criminal
Division. The Maryland State Police and the Maryland Department
of Public Safety and Correctional Services’ Internal Investigative
Unit assisted in the investigation. In making today’s announcement,
Attorney General Gansler thanked Assistant Attorneys General Jason
Abbott and Franklyn G Musgrave, Jr. for their work on the case.