New charge filed in in­mate’s death

The Oklahoman - - NEWS - Staff Writer BY NOLAN CLAY

ENID — Garfield County Sher­iff Jerry Niles was charged again Wed­nes­day in a jail in­mate's death, this time with first­de­gree man­slaugh­ter.

An­thony Huff died in 2016 after he was un­law­fully con­fined to a re­straint chair "with­out food, wa­ter, over­sight and mon­i­tor­ing" in ex­cess of 55 hours, a prose­cu­tor al­leged.

Huff, 58, of Enid, had been jailed for pub­lic in­tox­i­ca­tion and was re­strained after he be­gan hal­lu­ci­nat­ing.

Niles, 60, was first elected sher­iff in 2012.

He and five other de­fen­dants had been charged with sec­ond-de­gree man­slaugh­ter. Woodward County Dis­trict At­tor­ney Chris Bor­ing dis­missed those cases in De­cem­ber but said then he planned to file new ones. Also charged again Wed­nes­day — with first-de­gree man­slaugh­ter — were John Robert Markus, 30; Shawn Caleb Galusha, 37; and Jennifer Niles, 35. All three were of­fi­cials at the jail at the time of Huff's death. Not charged again were a nurse, Vanisa Jo Gay, and a nurse prac­ti­tioner, Lela June Goat­ley.

First-de­gree man­slaugh­ter is a more se­ri­ous felony that can re­sult upon con­vic­tion in im­pris­on­ment for life. The max­i­mum pun­ish­ment for the orig­i­nal felony charge was four years in prison.

The sher­iff took a paid sus­pen­sion from of­fice after he was first charged last July. He told county com­mis­sion­ers in a let­ter he was in­no­cent. He has re­mained on sus­pen­sion.

The sher­iff also was charged Wed­nes­day with a mis­de­meanor — nepo­tism. He is ac­cused in two counts of un­law­fully em­ploy­ing his son, Lo­gan Niles, and his daugh­terin-law, Jennifer Niles.

Jerry Niles

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.