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Michael D. Crews, Secretary


Press Release
June 6, 2008
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Communications Director
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Incident at Charlotte Correctional Institution leads to Arrest of Correctional Officer

Tallahassee--On May 21, 2008 during a routine cell extraction, a 47-year-old inmate at Charlotte CI had his right eye intentionally plucked out of its socket by Correctional Officer William Wilson. The incident was reported to the Florida Department of Corrections’ (DC) Inspector General’s (IG's) Office and an investigation was launched.

“This is an unconscionable act of violence and we will prosecute this individual to the fullest extent of the law. Under no circumstances will this Department ever shirk our responsibility to maintain the safety of those in our charge, or to punish those who choose to disregard our ethics and values and flout the law,” said DC Secretary Walter McNeil.

Based on evidence obtained through the IG’s investigation and presented to the state attorney’s office, a warrant was issued and the officer involved was arrested June 5, 2008 and charged with aggravated battery. He has been booked into the Charlotte County Jail on $100,000 bond. He has also been fired. Aggravated battery is a second degree felony and Wilson faces up to 15 years in prison.