Post, 14 Jun 2009 (Castaneda).
An inmate in a maximum-security unit of the Prince George's County jail was badly beaten this month after a guard in a control booth "inadvertently" opened his cell, allowing another inmate, an alleged member of a violent street gang, to enter the cell and assault him, officials said.
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Vernon Herron , the county's director of public safety, described the incident as "inexcusable" and said it is under investigation. He said he knows of no connection between the alleged assailant and the guard.
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Wilson was attacked in the same cellblock where, a year ago, Ronnie L. White was found dead in his cell less than 48 hours after he was arrested in the slaying of a county police officer. A medical examiner ruled White's death a homicide. After a lengthy investigation, State's Attorney Glenn F. Ivey (D) said there was not enough evidence to charge anyone in White's death. The Justice Department is reviewing the case.
(Posted 13 Jun 2009)