Man beaten up by correctional officers, family claims

Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2009 1:17 PM
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A man who was AWOL from a Savannah work release program for a month is claiming that correctional officials beat him up when they tracked him down in Augusta.

A state Department of Corrections spokeswoman said John Charles Horn Jr., was arrested without incident last week but could not comment on a prisoner’s medical condition. Mr. Horn is currently at Augusta Medical Prison, and according to his family, was battered by several men in plain clothes who jumped out of an unmarked car.

The alleged incident has Richmond County Sheriff Ronnie Strength perplexed about why the correction department’s fugitive squad did not alert his office that they’d plan to make an arrest in his county, a standard courtesy among law enforcement.

Mr. Horn’s wife, Theresa Thurmond, said the incident happened just after 10 p.m. on Dec. 16. The two of them were in her car not far from her south Augusta home when a vehicle tried to run them off the road, she said, adding that they panicked and tried to get away until one of the vehicles hit the blue lights. Ms. Thurmond said her husband immediately pulled over and both held up their hands.

“I was on the ground with a foot on my back so I couldn’t see (Mr. Horn) but I know they were beating him because I could hear him hollering,” she said. When she next saw him three days later at the Augusta Medical Prison where Mr. Horn was taken, his face was battered and bruised, as was the sides of his head, she said, and one eye was swollen shut. Mr. Horn said his chest and sides were also bruised and cut, Ms. Thurmond said.

Kristen Stancil, a DOC spokeswoman, said Wednesday that the fugitive squad was composed of DOC officers and the Savannah Police Department.

Mr. Horn was wanted because he failed to return from his job on Nov. 13. Mr. Horn was in a work release program at the Costal Transition Center in Savannah, serving a 15-year prison sentence he received in August 1996 for burglary.

Sheriff Strength said it is customary for law enforcement officers to alert local officers if they need to enter another county. It is certainly his office’s policy, and he would like to know why he department wasn’t informed before Mr. Horn’s arrest, he said.

Although the holiday week schedule made it impossible to check with every officer, Sheriff Strength said he couldn’t find anyone who was told ahead of time that a team was coming to Augusta to make an arrest, he said.

Certified law enforcement officers have statewide arrest powers, but his policy is to always alert and ask the local office to participate in any action his officers need to take in another county.

It could make for a dangerous situation for armed officers in plain clothes to make arrests in another county without advance warning, he said.

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UncleStrom
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UncleStrom 12/23/09 - 01:57 pm
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"was battered by several men

"was battered by several men in plains clothes who jumped out of an unmarked car." The dude was beat up by the Ingalls????

RIPAmerica
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RIPAmerica 12/23/09 - 02:09 pm
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Folks, keep in mind, there is

Folks, keep in mind, there is the woman's side, the police's side, and the truth. Let's keep it civil shall we? The truth will come out soon enough,I really would prefer the AC not allow speculation for the sake of revenue.

charliemanson
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charliemanson 12/23/09 - 02:17 pm
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Criminals: State workers on

Criminals: State workers on furlough are alot more edgier these days. So, behave yourselves.

robbie1
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robbie1 12/23/09 - 02:39 pm
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I will be intersted to find

I will be intersted to find out the facts of this case. My grandfather, a State Trooper, used to say that if you got your behind whipped by a cop, you did something to earn it. As I got older I found this was not always the case. I certainly hope that these officers didn't ruin their careers over this guy. If they crossed the line, they'd deserve it, but I hope that's not the case.

Frank I
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Frank I 12/23/09 - 02:46 pm
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I'm curious to know why the

I'm curious to know why the wife has not been charged with aiding and abbetting a known fugitive of the law?

coolette
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coolette 12/23/09 - 03:28 pm
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I agree that the augusta

I agree that the augusta enforcement should have been notified!!

baronvonreich
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baronvonreich 12/23/09 - 03:36 pm
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Moral of the story: don't be

Moral of the story: don't be an escaped convict and you won't get your arse beaten by the cops.

pizzato
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pizzato 12/23/09 - 03:53 pm
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It was bounty hunters who got

It was bounty hunters who got him and they got paid about $1500 bucks to get him in. Happens all the time anyone can do it if you are brave enough and have no other means of making a living.

andywarhol
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andywarhol 12/23/09 - 04:12 pm
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baronvonreich= dead on!

baronvonreich= dead on! Maybe next time he'll think twice about running from the law.

michellea3960
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michellea3960 12/23/09 - 04:41 pm
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Again Richmond

Again Richmond County......... I pray that someone will stop them!!! My son was beaten also, He was very intocicated and decided to run... when they got to him they BEAT him! Check Columbia County records this is not going on there WHY ??? The person in charge needs to step up and make changes

naturehazard
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naturehazard 12/23/09 - 05:03 pm
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Columbia county beat you up

Columbia county beat you up too. Every law enforcement has rogue cops.

fourofusnsc
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fourofusnsc 12/23/09 - 07:39 pm
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Dude had already served 13

Dude had already served 13 years of a 15 year sentence - what was he thinking?!?!?

Ole School
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Ole School 12/23/09 - 07:51 pm
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yeah you all say this now but

yeah you all say this now but , if the convict would have pulled a gun and shot one of them , you all would have said they should have taken control QUICK, fore , they never know where the convict has a weapon , someone helping him with a weapon ( could have been the wife ) as an officer of the law you just never know. the quicker you gain control the better off ALL involved are and the public as well , because an escapee will do anything to stay out .

corgimom
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corgimom 12/23/09 - 07:53 pm
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Hey, maybe it was Dog the

Hey, maybe it was Dog the Bounty Hunter.

corgimom
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corgimom 12/23/09 - 08:01 pm
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"He was very intocicated and

"He was very intocicated and decided to run... when they got to him they BEAT him!" Hint to your son: don't run from the cops, when they catch you, you will get your behind kicked, big time.

andywarhol
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andywarhol 12/23/09 - 08:43 pm
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michellea3960, I know what

michellea3960, I know what you posted was a joke, because I don't know of any mother than can be as stupid as you. It was a joke, because I give you more credit than that.

tdp
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tdp 12/23/09 - 09:59 pm
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IF this did occur, I'm sure

IF this did occur, I'm sure he deserved it!

tdp
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tdp 12/23/09 - 10:02 pm
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Michellea3960........I guess

Michellea3960........I guess you need to teach your son how to act! You DON'T run from the cops. Period! If you had raised him right in the first place, this wouldn't have occured. Blame yourself, baby's mama!

sassygirl12
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sassygirl12 12/23/09 - 10:39 pm
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ohh sure he was.maybe he had

ohh sure he was.maybe he had another girlfriend like tiger did and she found out and she beat him up..go figure

disssman
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disssman 12/23/09 - 10:50 pm
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He was on the 13th year of a

He was on the 13th year of a 15 year sentence for burglary? Man he would have been better of killing a few people. At the best a killer gets off with 5-10 years.

FallingLeaves
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FallingLeaves 12/23/09 - 11:48 pm
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augusta citizen....my

augusta citizen....my thoughts exactly...

helpicantfindthespacebar
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helpicantfindthespacebar 12/24/09 - 01:51 am
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same old story.....he decided

same old story.....he decided to run, so chances are pretty good he was less than cooperative when caught. Attempts to get him under control described as being 'beaten up'. Seems they did violate professional courtesy by not informing local LE they were in the area after this guy, and they should be reprimanded for that.

johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 12/24/09 - 02:24 am
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Escaped convict = no mercy.

Escaped convict = no mercy.

washi73
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washi73 12/24/09 - 05:47 am
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michellea3960 richmond county

michellea3960 richmond county was not the one that suppose to have beaten him...and they did notify the richmond county warrent department. look how long it takes richmond county to act on a warrent. He** it takes them forever to even act on a warrent in Augusta. They needed this man apprehended. He had been gone for almost a month!

mieshel
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mieshel 12/24/09 - 05:35 pm
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robbie i agree with

robbie i agree with you...totally and I have alot of family in the military and law enforcement so I know what goes on!

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