Opening statements in trial of 5 Montco jail guards accused of beating 2 inmates

Jim Melwert
January 22, 2019 - 7:14 pm
From left: Edwin Negron, Darin Collins, Alfred Gregory, Anthony Saxby and Randall Sims

Montgomery County District Attorney's Office

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MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — Opening statements have begun in the trial of five corrections officers at the Montgomery County jail accused of beating two inmates and then trying to cover it up.  

Prosecutor Kelly Lloyd says the inmate in question is seen in video mouthing off, but says those are just words and there’s no evidence of him physically fighting with the guards.

She says Lt. Darin Collins didn’t like when inmates disobeyed orders. And, she says, the morning of the incident, Capt. Edwin Negron addressed the entire staff telling them the inmates don’t run the prison, the guards do.

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She says the guards went into the inmate's cell and hit him, cutting him above his eye. Then, instead of letting him put on his prosthetic leg, they forced him to hop to the infirmary, where she says the nurse heard Lt. Collins threaten the inmate multiple times.

She says when they got back to the cell, the inmate dropped to the ground as guards were unable to remove his shirt. They instead choked him with it, and, in Lloyd’s words, tossed him around like a rag doll.

But defense attorneys for the guards say this is the maximum security area of the prison, which is for people charged with murder or aggravated assault, and the inmate is well known for starting trouble. They also say he is heard in prison phone calls saying he could get a million dollars by getting assaulted by corrections officers.

Negron and Collins, along with officers Alfred Gregory, Anthony Saxby, and Randall Sims, are charged with aggravated assault and other charges.

Another guard pleaded guilty to official oppression.

The trial is expected to last two weeks.