3 of the 4 reprimanded corrections officers have met with DOC directorWritten by Janela Carrera
Guam - So far, three out of the four corrections officers who were reprimanded for their involvement in the near-death beating of a prisoner have submitted their replies to the director of the Department of Corrections.
DOC Director Tony Lamorena last week announced that four corrections officers were served with notices of proposed adverse action after an internal affairs investigation was completed on the beating of Justin Roy Meno in late March. Meno is a maximum security prisoner who was found bloodied and beaten outside of his jail cell.
While DOC has completed its internal investigation, the Guam Police Department is still conducting its criminal investigation.
Lamorena says the four corrections officers who were reprimanded were on shift the day Meno was assaulted. The deadline to respond to the adverse action notices is next Monday by 5 pm.
"Three officers have already had one-on-one meetings with me. As a former Civil Service Commission director, just so that they made use of their full 10 days, which is Monday at 5 o’clock, I’ve told the three that I’ve spoken to that anything else they wanna talk about that they may have not mentioned to me in our first meeting that I will make time with them to meet, anytime up till Monday at 5," noted Lamorena, adding that as to the fourth corrections officer, "the fourth officer has not yet met with me. Again they don’t necessarily have to meet with me one-on-one. The rules do state they can actually submit in writing a response."
After Monday, Lamorena will then ultimately decide whether further discipline will be needed, such as final adverse action, suspension or termination.