A lieutenant and a nurse from the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) were indicted yesterday for violating the civil rights of an inmate who died because they ignored his serious medical needs.

The indictment says that Lieutenant Shronda Covington, 47, and Registered Nurse Tonya Farley, 52, both from Chesterfield, Virginia, were working at the Federal Correctional Institution in Petersburg, Virginia, on Jan. 9, 2021.

They allegedly willfully failed to provide necessary medical care to the inmate, a 47-year-old man named W.W., even though they knew he had serious medical needs.

Farley also allegedly wrote a false report about what happened, and both Covington and Farley allegedly lied to federal agents about it.

The charges for violating the civil rights of the inmate could result in life in prison for each of them. The charge for writing a false report could result in twenty years in prison for Farley.

The charges for lying to federal agents could result in five years in prison for each of them.

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