2 former Montco jail guards found guilty on some charges in beating of inmate

Jim Melwert
October 25, 2019 - 12:12 pm
From left: Alfred Gregory Jr. and Darrin Collins

Montgomery County District Attorney's Office

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NORRISTOWN, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — In a mixed verdict, two former guards at the Montgomery County Correctional Facility have been found guilty on charges stemming from the beating of an inmate.

Derrick Houlihan, 44, who uses a prosthetic leg, testified he was beaten two times on Feb. 14, 2017. He said he was deprived of his prosthesis for about 12 hours after the incidents. 

That second beating was caught on video. Six corrections officers were charged. One pleaded guilty.

In an earlier trial, a jury found the other five men not guilty of the more serious aggravated assault, but they couldn't reach a verdict on other charges. 

In the second trial, Alfred Gregory, Jr. and Lt. Darrin Collins were both found guilty of official oppression, while Gregory was also convicted of simple assault. Collins was found not guilty of simple assault, and both men were found not guilty of conspiracy.

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Prosecutor Ed McCann says he's "not convinced" it was a full measure of justice, but he respects the work of the jury.

"I'm gratified by the fact I think the two most accountable defendants were found guilty."

McCann said Gregory "was the most unhinged of the corrections officers."

Anthony Saxby was found not guilty of official oppression and simple assault. Randall Sims was found not guilty of official oppression. They jury was unable to reach a verdict on simple assault against Sims, and they also couldn't reach a verdict on official oppression against Capt. Edwin Negron. 

Defense attorneys argued there was no violation of "use of force" policies, and the inmate was baiting guards in hopes of getting rich in a settlement.

McCann says they will not retry the two charges where the jury hung.