Two Correction Officers Are Indicted

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

Two corrections officers are indicted for allegedly threatening an inmate and bringing knives into a federal prison.

The men indicted are officers at the Big Sandy Federal Prison in Martin County.

WYMT's Angela Sparkman spoke with one of them in Perry County.

Larry Miller, 32, of Hazard says he is suspended without pay.

Prison officials tell us Kevin Christopher Fallen, 25, of Campton is also facing suspension.

A federal grand jury returned indictments against both men on Tuesday.

They charged the corrections officers with violating the rights of a Big Sandy inmate and providing an inmate with a pocket knife.

In an exclusive interview with WYMT, Miller says he didn't do anything wrong.

Larry Miller says he has plenty of scars from December 30th.

Miller says he's been off work and on worker's compensation ever since he claims an inmate attacked him.

Now he's suspended from work after a federal grand jury indicted him and another corrections officer, Kevin Christopher Fallen on accusations they brought pocket knives into the prison and allegedly violated an inmate's rights by threatening or hurting him.

“It just happens that night we were in the wrong place at the wrong time,” Miller said.

Miller claims the inmate assaulted other corrections officers the day before.

The indictment says the next day, Miller was angry about it and told the inmate he could have him killed, and threw mop water at him.

The indictment also claims he showed a knife to the inmate.

Miller won't answer questions about those allegations.

“That's something I really can't discuss with everything going in the trial,” Miller said.

Miller claims the inmate attacked Fallen and him with a knife when they opened his door to give him food.

“We're the ones going through surgeries. How can they attempt to charge us with a crime when we're the ones the crime is committed against?”

Officials with the U.S. Attorney's office and the Prison say they can't discuss the allegations or indictments because of pending court proceedings.

Miller is waiting for his day in court.

Miller and Fallen are scheduled for arraignment July 31st in federal court in Pikeville.
Officials cannot release any information about the inmate.


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  • by love Location: hazard on Jul 18, 2008 at 11:12 AM
    well, if your are incharge of a group of workers,you have policy's that need to be inforced, you yourself do not follow. You pack a pocket knife. Those 10 or 100 people under you will also follow you; you are their leader. This is for the person that thinks he know the case so well. As for Larry being arrested you need to check your records, he has never been arrested. If you have a brother or a son; think of them living with someone that had no love or concern in their heart to help him in any way or make things any better for him. Was never a wife in way if you know what i mean. He is strong man for living the was he lived for so many years to keep his family togeather. For all you Brother, Sister and parents that like to judge. What go around comes around; maybe your brother, nephew or sons will get a wife as wonderful as he had.
  • by Concerned on Jul 18, 2008 at 07:41 AM
    I really hate what these two officers and their families are going through, but I hate even more that what these two men did. They didn't just put the inmate in harms way by their revenge, but put staff in danger. Other staff was injured trying to rescue those two officers. You can not take the law into your own hands...no matter which side your on. My prayers goes out the all the families involved.
  • by Hack Location: behind the fence on Jul 18, 2008 at 06:13 AM
    Been there done that! However, you have to raise yourself above the inmates. Yes, the prison system is broke. Not because of the officers or the inmates. It is because the Prisons are non profit earning. You keep putting people in prison but take the money away that is required to do the job correctly and incidents happen. Everyone on here makes good points, but please do not judge all law enforcement by the alleged actions of a few. These people walk everyday where most people are afraid to even talk about. If you want a real story quit watching the prison movies and talk to someone that works there!
  • by My Point of View Location: My Brain on Jul 18, 2008 at 05:38 AM
    True facts of this situation will never be revealed due to the nature of the incident; however, CO's are taught to how to deal with inmates who are confrontational/violent. If you've ever worked in a prison, you would know that doors are equipped with tray slots, therefore having no reason to open a door to distribute food. Secondly, CO's are instructed to never bring in contraband, including weapons of any kind. One, possibly two, pocket knives almost ended the lives of two officers, and it was their own fault. Why give a convicted felon your own murder weapon? Why be close enough to this confrontation inmate for him to assault you. CO's hold the keys to the doors, cages, etc. Someone had to turn that key and open the door and allow this inmate the access to the officers. For those of you who think you know so much, this incident happened in a very strictly controlled environment, aka the "hole" where inmates are on 24-hour Lockdown. Who gave him the knife and who let him out?
  • by Hazard Location: Hazard on Jul 17, 2008 at 11:26 PM
    Correct me if I'm wrong, but in America, you are innocent until proven guilty. Furthermore, I'll bet that all of those people that are so quick to bash these two officers have NEVER been behind the fence of a maxium security Penitentiary. Which houses the most dangerous people you could ever imagine. Most have committed crimes so horrendous they couldn't be shown in an R rated horror movie, yet they are so quick to side with the CONVICTED FELON!!! The saying, "If you think your streets are rough, take a walk on ours" is so true. Since you people are such outstanding citizens, why don't you get a job at that prison and show everyone how its done! You won't because by doing so that check you get every month would stop coming. If it wern't for Correctional Officers all of those inmates would be out on OUR streets raping, killing and stealing. Whether the officers did anything wrong or not. Stop and think about what those two guys went through before you cast your judgement.
  • by chuck Location: Fleming on Jul 17, 2008 at 08:00 PM
    Glad we aren't completely at the mercy of the goosse-stepping NAZIs yet. The prison system is broken. Putting criminals and correction officers in cages is inhumane. We need another form of punishment besides blowing tax payers dollars and funding meglamania corrections officers with God complexes. Right now its a lose-lose game. Criminals are getting better educated at becoming more violent criminals and we are wasting tax dollars. Put them to work or brand them to shame them and make them easily recognizable to society or start loping off limbs for punishment-and yes-deny them the nut check! Our current system does not work and only makes a bad social problem worse. Its our own fault because we allow it to continue. Raise Hell and let your solution to the problem be heard.
  • by Someone who knows Location: Manchester on Jul 17, 2008 at 04:22 PM
    Just in case you missed it, this is a FEDERAL Officer not state. The public has no idea how well inmates have it. They have more rights than hard working tax payers. Most don't work, get feed 3 hot meals a day, air conditioning, get free recreation, free movies, and free educations. And, please don't forget these are covicted felons-criminals. Child molesters, murders, rapist, drug dealers, and theives. All federal prison staff work daily with some of the worst scum of the earth and have no weapons and no support from management or the public. Please remember this is a convicted felon who's story the grand jury believed not to mention they only heard one side. Anyone in the same situation would fight back to protect themselves or a fellow officer. All law enforcement officers are not dirty, just like all people who post on the internet are not bums. Wait until you hear all the facts. Correctional Officers keep these inmates away from the public daily and deserve some praise.
  • by Mary Anna Location: Martin County on Jul 17, 2008 at 01:43 PM
    Hey, anytime that there is a rotten apple in the basket, then it is expected that all the CO are rotten. I really think it would save the state lots of money just to open the doors of the prisons and jails and let the people take care of the ones that wrong someone else. It appears that the crooks get the better end of the stick.
  • by ky Location: uk on Jul 17, 2008 at 09:47 AM
    Doris, if Larry is such a good guy why was he arrested a little more than a month ago on domestic violence. This all happened because of Larry.
  • by Jim Location: snob nob on Jul 17, 2008 at 08:10 AM
    Imagine that now,correction or law officers doing something wrong, there must be a mistake.
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