Three jail staffers who allegedly denied an inmate water for an entire week before he died were charged with felonies in relation to the Milwaukee man’s 2016 death.


Maj. Nancy Evans on Monday was charged with felony misconduct in office and obstructing an officer, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Jail Lt. Kashka Meadors and correctional officer James Ramsey-Guy were also charged with neglecting an inmate in the death of Terrill Thomas.


The 38-year-old inmate died in police custody in April 2016 after authorities arrested him in connection with a shooting at Potawatomi Hotel and Casino. The medical examiner has since ruled his death a homicide, saying he died from “profound dehydration.”


All charges related to Thomas’ arrest were dismissed following his passing.


According to the criminal complaint, Meador ordered Ramsey-Guy to shut off the water for Thomas’ cell at the Milwaukee County Jail. Sheriff’s officials previously said they cut off his access because he stuffed a mattress in his toilet to flood his previous cell.


The practice of cutting water off for an inmate is against regulations, though Ramsey-Guy said it was a common practice, the Sentinel reported.


Shortly after Thomas’ death, Evans sought out subordinate officer, Capt. George Gold, and requested he watch surveillance video to determine whether the officers did in fact turn off the inmate’s water.


Gold said the footage showed an officer approach the water valve cabinet but that one else had ever returned to turn it back on.

Maj. Nancy Evans, Jail Lt. Kashka Meadors and correctional officer James Ramsey-Guy were charged in the death of Thomas.

Maj. Nancy Evans, Jail Lt. Kashka Meadors and correctional officer James Ramsey-Guy were charged in the death of Thomas.

(Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Department via AP)


Thomas’ water had been turned off since the start of his incarceration and it was not turned back on until after he died, according to the criminal complaint.


Prosecutors claim Evans made no effort to preserve the video surveillance, which was later overwritten and is now permanently lost. They said it was her responsibility to preserve evidence in such an incident.


Evans, Meadors and Ramsey-Guy each appeared in court Monday and remained free on signature bonds.


All three of the jail administrators were also suspended with pay Monday and acting Milwaukee County Sheriff Richard Schmidt said discipline would be handed down by Friday, according to the Sentinel.


During a press conference earlier this week Schmidt, who was not Sheriff when Thomas died, described the incident as heartbreaking.


“This family is going through a horrific ordeal,” he told reportes. “I don’t wish this on anyone.”

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