A former Prince George’s county correctional officer was sentenced to two years in prison for his role in the death of an inmate on Monday.
Anthony McIntosh, 49, pleaded guilty to falsifying records in connection with the 2008 death of Ronnie White, who was found hanging from a bed sheet in his cell. White, 19, was charged with running over a police officer when he was was found hanging from the ceiling in his cell.
McIntosh was charged with finding White but failing to alert emergency workers. He was charged with a federal civil rights violation and two counts of destroying or falsifying records in a federal investigation. McIntosh pleaded guilty to one count of falsifying evidence but not guilty to the other charges, which were later dropped.
“Instead of lawfully carrying out his duties as a correctional officer, Mr. McIntosh used his official position to obstruct the search for the truth regarding the in-custody death of a pretrial detainee,” said Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division Roy L. Austin Jr. “The Justice Department will continue to vigorously prosecute officers who cross the line and engage in criminal misconduct.”
According to local affiliate WJLA, the state medical examiner’s officer ruled White’s death a homicide.