A federal grand jury in Abingdon returned two indictments against the four officers, who were employed at the United States Penitentiary at Lee County. The indictments allege the officers had stated they had completed required checks on inmates in a special housing unit when no checks were conducted.
The four are identified as Charles Carter, 47, Wise; Ryan Sluss, 27, Coeburn; William Marshal, 49, Jonesville; and Jerry Shuler, 38, Big Stone Gap.
Carter, Sluss and Marshal are charged with one count of making a false statement and using a false writing in a matter within the executive branch of the U.S. government. Shuler is charged with 10 counts of making a false statement and using a false writing in a matter within the executive branch of the U.S. government.
The investigation was conducted by the Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General and the U.S. Bureau of Prisons. Assistant United States Attorney Zachary T. Lee will prosecute the case.
“A grand jury indictment is only a charge and not evidence of guilt,” the release stated. “The defendants are entitled to a fair trial with the burden on the government to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.”