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Three correctional officers face federal charges

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A reported beating at Pinckneyville Correctional Center is at the heart of the case

Three correctional officers from the Pinckneyville Correctional Center face federal charges related to civil rights violations and falsifying reports.

The U-S Attorney's Office says 35-year old Cord Williams, 25-year old Christian Pyles, and 52-year old Mark Maxwell were indicted Tuesday by a federal grand jury.

The multi-count indictment accuses Williams and Pyles of beating a fully restrained inmate in April of 2022. Maxwell is accused of failing to intervene - he was an acting lieutenant at the prison at the time.

Prosecutors say Williams and Pyles then conspired to falsify their reports of the incident, and obsructed justice.

The civil rights violations carry sentences of up to ten years in prison, conspiracy up to five years, and obstruction of justice up to 20. They also face hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines.

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