Convicted jailer will serve time apart from other Wake inmates

tmcdonald@newsobserver.comDecember 13, 2013 

— Markeith Council, the detention officer convicted Thursday of involuntary manslaughter for the death of an inmate last summer, will serve his time in jail in “protective custody,” apart from other inmates, according to Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison.

Council, 27, also has been fired from his job at the jail, Harrison said.

Council was charged with voluntary manslaughter in August, two months after an altercation at the jail that resulted in the death of Shon Demetrius McClain. The incident, which was captured on surveillance video that was shown to the jury at Council’s trial, ended with Council twice slamming McClain to the concrete floor.

McClain suffered a broken neck and severe lacerations to his head. He died 13 days later.

After a full day of deliberation, a jury chose to convict Council of involuntary manslaughter, a lesser crime with a shorter potential jail term. Wake Superior Court Judge Paul Gessner sentenced Council to 12 to 24 months in prison, but then suspended the sentence and ordered the former jailer to spend 90 days in the jail where he worked and three years on probation.

During his trial, Council told jurors he had worked for the sheriff’s office for four years and hoped one day to become a warden at a state prison. In an interview Friday, Harrison said he didn’t think Council will work again in law enforcement now that he has been convicted of a felony.

“It’s a tragedy for both families, especially right here at Christmas time,” he said.


McDonald: 919-829-4533

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