left) Jeremy Ringle, Andy Rowell, Napoleon Harmon and Josh Degler are
all facing charges of aggravated assault by a public servant, a first
HOUSTON (KTRK) -- The announcement by the Harris County District Attorney's Office today brought relief, but also a sense of frustration.
Attorney Don Kidd said it took more than a year for the accused jailers to be charged in the brutal beating of Jerome Bartee.VIDEO WARNING: Eyewitness News report above may contain images not suitable for all viewers. Viewer discretion is advised.
new photos given to us by Kidd are difficult to look at, but show
extensive injuries he received inside the Harris County jail last
His face is visibly swollen and bloody, and his eye is purple, black and severely damaged.
"He still has issues with his left eye," Kidd told Eyewitness News. "His vision has been impaired and it will be permanently."
was left with a broken nose and an eye socket damaged so badly,
surgeons had to put a metal plate in his face. Doctors also said Bartee
was left with facial nerve damage.
The former inmate alleges he was attacked by a group of officers during a trip to the medical section of the Harris County Jail.
District Attorney Jules Johnson said while evidence shows Bartee
exchanged words with detention officers at the Baker Street jail, he was
"beaten to the point he was unrecognizable."
Joshua Degler, Napoleon Harmon and Andrew Rowell have been indicted for
aggravated assault by a public servant, a first degree felony.
These detention officers face the possibility of between five and 99 years in prison, and a fine of up to $10,000.
Salvador Garibay was indicted on misdemeanor assault. He faces up to one year in jail and a $4,000 fine.
Arrest warrants have been issued for each of the indicted officers, who are expected to surrender.
evidence shows these detention officers cross the line when it comes to
the use of force," District Attorney Kim Ogg said in a statement this
"At the Harris County Jail, this isn't surprising,"
Kidd said,. "There's been a culture of abuse at Harris County Jail for a
Five detention officers
indicted for beating inmate
Harris County District Attorney's Office
Harris County grand jury Tuesday indicted five detention officers for severely
beating a jail inmate in September 2016.
evidence shows these detention officers crossed the line when it comes to the
use of force,” Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg said. “They caused
severe injury to an inmate who needed screws, stitches and a plate to
reconstruct his face and a shattered eye socket.”
Ringle; Joshua Degler, Napoleon Harmon and Andrew Rowell were indicted for
aggravated assault by a public servant, a first degree felony. They face a
punishment of five to 99 years in prison, or a life sentence, and a fine of up
Garibay was indicted or misdemeanor assault. He faces a punishment of up to one
year in jail and a fine of up to $4,000.
grand jury has determined that there is sufficient evidence these detention
officers broke the law and that they should face trial for their actions,” Ogg
were working at the jail at 1200 Baker Street at the time of the incident,
which played out on the second floor of the facility on a Sunday.
case was investigated by the Internal Affairs Division of the Harris County
Sheriff’s Office and presented to the Civil Rights Division of the Harris
County District Attorney’s Office.
evidence shows that Jerome Bartee exchanged words with some detention
officers,” said Assistant District Attorney Jules Johnson of the Civil Rights
Division. “He was yanked to the ground by a number of Sheriff’s Office
employees and beaten to the point he was unrecognizable.”
the grand jury’s decision, warrants were issued for the arrest of each
defendant. They are expected to surrender, secure release on bond and be
assigned dates to appear in court.
cases will proceed like any other criminal cases in Harris County,” Johnson