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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