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Two Franklin Correctional Officers Facing Federal Charges For Assaulting Inmate

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Two Franklin County correctional officers are facing federal charges for allegedly violating the civil rights of an inmate. Both were arrested by the FBI Wednesday.

On Wednesday morning, federal officials arrested 40-year-old William Ray and 43-year-old Corry Fletcher. A federal grand jury indicted them later that day.

According to a release from the U.S. Attorney’s office, the indictment alleges both correctional officers conspired to intimidate an inmate, after physically assaulting him without justification—causing him great bodily harm—at Franklin Correctional Institution about a year ago.

Details on the inmate in question have not been released. Their trial is scheduled for July 13 in Tallahassee.

In a statement, Florida Department of Corrections Secretary Julie Jones says the department has a zero tolerance policy for this sort of misconduct, and they “will be held accountable and will face serious consequences.”

DOC has come under intense scrutiny for inmate deaths, allegations of abuse by prison guards, and cover ups.

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Sascha Cordner has more than ten years of public radio experience. It includes working at NPR member station WUFT-FM in Gainesville for several years. She's worked in both radio and TV, serving in various capacities as a reporter, producer and anchor. She's also a graduate of the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in telecommunications. She is the recipient of 15 awards from the Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), and Edward R. Murrow. Her award-winning stories include her coverage on the infamous “Dozier School for Boys” and a feature titled "Male Breast Cancer: Lost in the Sea of Pink." Currently, Sascha serves as the host and producer of local and state news content for the afternoon news program "All Things Considered" at WFSU. Sascha primarily covers criminal justice and social services issues. When she's not reporting, Sascha likes catching up on her favorite TV shows, singing and reading. Follow Sascha Cordner on Twitter:@SaschaCordner.