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Guard Suspected in Inmate Death Had Record

A veteran prison guard with his own rap sheet and a history of alleged abuses was among the 32 officers fired last week by the Florida Department of Corrections, the Miami Herald reports.

Rollin Suttle Austin, a Franklin Correctional Institution guard, has been convicted of driving under the influence, arrested on theft charges, and is accused of dozens of inmate beatings, the Herald reports. However, he was never reported to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s Standards & Training Commission that oversees the ethics and competence of the state’s law enforcement officers, the Herald reports.

Prior to Austin’s firing on Friday, he had been placed on leave in connection to the suspicious death of inmate Randall Jordan-Aparo in 2010.  Another guard involved in that case also was fired, the Herald reports.

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