Coleman Federal C/O Michael Kennedy Indicted on Civil Rights Charges Related to Fatal Murder Of Richard Delano by Aryan Brotherhood Member "Animal", C/O Erin Sharma Previously Convicted She Got Life.
What the Hell ? Who cares if these murderous thugs rip each other apart, that's what they like to do, so you put the mother of an 8 year old daughter and animal rights activist away for life for hooking up two of these goons in the same cell, Who The Hell Cares !
WASHINGTON – A federal grand jury in Orlando, Fla., has indicted a former Federal Bureau of Prisons corrections officer on charges related to a fatal assault on an inmate in March 2005. Michael Kennedy was charged with one count of conspiring with others to violate the federal civil rights of inmate Richard Delano and one count of violating Delano’s civil rights by arranging for another inmate to assault Delano. The indictment was unsealed today in conjunction with Kennedy’s initial appearance in court. Each count carries a sentence of up to life imprisonment and a $250,000 fine. A trial has not yet been scheduled.
The grand jury charged that on Feb. 28, 2005, Kennedy and a co-conspirator, fellow Bureau of Prisons corrections officer Erin Sharma, agreed to move Delano into the cell of another inmate at the Coleman Federal Correctional Complex in Coleman, Fla. The indictment alleges that Kennedy and Sharma knew that the inmate was likely to assault Delano, that the move was in retaliation for a prior altercation between Delano and Sharma, and that Sharma encouraged the inmate to assault Delano. According to the indictment, Kennedy moved Delano into the inmate’s cell on March 1, 2005, and the inmate assaulted Delano three days later. Delano later died from the injuries he suffered during that assault.
On July 29, 2009, a federal jury in Orlando found Erin Sharma guilty of federal civil rights charges related to this incident, and on Oct. 26, 2009, she was sentenced to life in prison in connection with her conviction on those charges. Erin Sharma, 33, will be held in detention she is the mother to an 8-year-old daughter was taken into custody at the courthouse, after waving a brief goodbye to her mother, Sharon Donald; her husband, Rajesh; and several fellow corrections officers from the Coleman Federal Correctional Complex who had come to support her.
Richard Delano, 40, was viciously beaten by his cellmate, John McCullah. The government argued that Sharma, as a corrections officer, conspired with fellow corrections officer Michael Kennedy to transfer Delano into McCullah's cell at the Special Housing Unit (SHU) out of revenge and spite.
Sharma, prosecutors said, knew of Delano's reputation as a prison snitch and McCullah's reputation as a notoriously violent inmate nicknamed "Animal," who belonged to prison gang Aryan Brotherhood, a group that hated snitches.
She manipulated such firsthand knowledge to have Delano placed in McCullah's cell, they said, and did nothing to warn her supervisors — who authorized the transfer — of the potentially harmful arrangement.
In his closing argument Wednesday morning, prosecutor Douglas Kern recapped Sharma's four motives: payback for an earlier altercation between her and Delano, her anger at Bureau of Prison officials for failing to properly redress that altercation, her humiliation over that incident and her hatred for inmate snitches.
"She decided to take the law into her own hands and use Delano to punish him herself," Kern said. " ‘Mess with Sharma, and you'll end up like Delano,' " was her intended message to others, he said.
Born April 24, 1976, Erin Sharma is the daughter of Sharon and Brad, sister of Brad. Raised as a military dependent, Erin traveled extensively with her family until they returned to the Florida panhandle in 1993. Through her experience and travels, Erin learned to be extremely non-judgmental and to embrace diversity and other cultures for the values they contained. In high school, she began having difficulties in higher math so she attended private tutoring, entering into the workforce to pay for this herself. She graduated from high school one year earlier than her peers by attending summer school to gain credit hours and received Who’s Who Among Students honors for high GPA.
Erin was married to Roger in October of 1999 and has had a loving and stable relationship throughout. Erin and Roger have a beautiful 8 year old daughter and a home filled with animals that she has saved from different plights. She is the adoptee of Shadow, Abby, Sarge, Ravis, Mocha, Princess, Tuxedo, Tiger, Thunder and a multitude of others though the years. She is a avid supporter of animal rights causes and organizations.
John Javilo "Animal" McCullah,
E.D. OK CR No. 1:92-032-S
Two white and one Hispanic defendants were tried jointly in connection with the drug- related intrastate kidnap/murder of a Muskogee, Oklahoma auto dealership employee. The two capitally-charged "managers" of the drug enterprise, co-defendants Hutching and Molina, received life sentences from the jury, while the third defendant, McCullah (who, unlike the bosses, had been present at the killing) was sentenced to death in 1993. United States v. McCullah, 76 F.3d 1087 (10th Cir. 1996) ordered a new penalty hearing due to introduction of an involuntary statement and double counting of aggravating circumstances. Rehearing en banc was denied by a 6 to 6 vote, 87 F.3d 1136 (6/26/96), and the government declined to seek review in the Supreme Court. The government finally withdrew its request for the death penalty while McCullah's resentencing was pending. The victim was white.
As of October 29, 2009, Erin Sharma was housed in protective custody at the county jail in Orange County, Florida pending review of her pre-sentencing report by the Bureau of Prisons and their decision on a federal prison assignment. It is unlikely she will be assigned to Coleman, the prison where she worked and where her husband is a corrections supervisor. Wherever she is assigned, as a former corrections officer she will not be part of the general prison population. Following the assault, John "Animal" McCullah was moved to ADX Florence, a supermax prison in Florence, Colorado. Federal prosecutor Kern said he could "neither confirm nor deny" whether McCullah, or Erin Sharma's alleged co-conspirators, faced prosecution.