2 former KY jailers facing charges related to death of pretrial detainee

2 former KY jailers facing charges related to death of pretrial detainee

KENTUCKY (KFVS) - Two former deputy jailers at the Kentucky River Regional Jail have been indicted on charges related to the July 9, 2013 in-custody death of a detainee.

The indictment charges Damon Hickman, 38, and William Howell, 59, with causing Larry Trent's death, and charges Hickman with trying to cover up his involvement in the death.

Hickman and Howell are charged with federal civil rights violations for depriving Trent of his civil rights.

Count 1 of the indictment charges Hickman and Howell of allegedly failing to provide Trent with necessary medical care after he was injured. It said this meant they were allegedly acting with deliberate indifference, which resulted in Trent's death.

Count 2 of the indictment also charges both men with allegedly using excessive force against Trent, resulting in bodily injury.

Hickman is additional charged with one count of obstruction of justice for allegedly falsifying an official log by allegedly saying Trent was "10-4," meaning that he was safe and not in obvious physical distress, when in fact Trent was not "10-4."

Hickman and Howell face a maximum penalty of life in prison for the death-resulting civil rights offense, and face a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison for assaulting Trent.

Hickman faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison for falsification of records in a federal investigation.

The case is being investigated by the FBI's London Resident Agency, with assistance provided by the Kentucky State Police. The case is being prosecuted by Trial Attorney Sanjay Patel of the Civil Rights Division's Criminal Section and Assistant U.S. Attorney Hydee Hawkins of the Eastern District of Kentucky.

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