2010-07-15 / Obituaries

Four PA Guards To Stand Trial Alleged Beating

GREENSBURG, Pa.

AP) – Four former western Pennsylvania prison guards have been ordered to stand trial in an alleged beating of an inmate last summer.

Twenty-eight-year-old James Edwards testified Friday that 27-year-old former Sgt. Steven Greenawalt of North Huntingdon choked and threatened to kill him in June 2009 at Westmoreland County Prison. Defense attorney Jerome Tierney maintained that Edwards had been the

instigator’’ of several outbursts that day that resulted in two lockdowns.

District Judge Mark Mansour ruled that there was enough evidence for Greenawalt to stand trial on charges of criminal conspiracy, simple assault and official oppression.

Waiving hearings were 27- year-old former Sgt. Randy Miller of Greensburg and two former officers, 25-year-old Craig Petrus of Rostraver and 25-year-old Christopher Pickard of West Leechburg. Two other guards who were not charged but lost their jobs have filed wrongful termination suits.

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