3 former prison workers face charges over beating of inmate


Authorities say three former employees of the Pendleton Correctional Facility face criminal charges in connection with the beating of an inmate and the attempt to cover it up.

Thirty-year-old Zachary Graham of Pendleton and 29-year-old Matthew Franklin of Daleville were arrested Thursday on charges of battery resulting in moderate bodily injury, battery resulting in bodily injury, official misconduct and false informing. Also arrested was 29-year-old Jonathan Reed of Anderson on charges of official misconduct and false reporting. All three are held in the Madison County Jail.

Court records don’t list attorneys for any of the three.

An affidavit says that after the handcuffed inmate spit on a staff member Feb. 24, Franklin and Graham beat him. The inmate, who suffered a broken jaw, has been transferred to a different prison.

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