After an extensive investigation by the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI) seven people including two McClain County jailers, are facing charges in the beating of inmate Brian Brannon.
OSBI Agents David Gatlin and Tony Navarro said the incident took place about 6 p.m. April 21 when several inmates, with assistance from jailers Devin Denton and Kyle Alexander Tecumseh, took Brannon to a different cell and assaulted him.
All seven of the men involved are facing a misdemeanor count of assault and battery and felony charges of maiming and conspiracy.
In addition to Denton and Tecumseh, inmates facing the charges include, Nicholas Smith, Woodrow Greenback, Matthew Hicks, John Percell and Scotty Spaulding, Jr.
Greenback, Percell, Hicks, Smith and Spaulding are also charged with an additional charge of gang-related offense, which is a felony.
Sheriff deputy Chris Grace, undersheriff Landy Offolter and sheriff department employee Catherine Holle were also witnesses, according to a report filed with the McClain County Court Clerk’s office.
Other witnesses were inmates at the time of the incident.
The incident was reported to the OSBI May 17 after sheriff deputy Grace learned about it.
That’s when sheriff Don Hewett called for the OSBI to spearhead the investigation.
According to the OSBI Brannon was allowed to have smokeless tobacco as a trustee but wasn’t supposed to take it to his cell but did anyway.
He was told to write an apology letter but was late getting it done.
That’s what sparked the incident.
After the alleged assault neither Denton nor Tecumseh reported the incident to their superiors, according to the affidavit.