Calif. Guard Pleads Guilty to Lies in Inmate’s Death

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – A former California correctional officer pleaded guilty Tuesday to submitting a false report in a federal civil rights investigation into the death of an inmate at a Sacramento-area prison.

Ashley Marie Aurich lied about seeing another another former correctional officer, Arturo Pacheco, reach down and pull the legs out from under a handcuffed inmate at California State Prison, Sacramento, in September 2016.

The a 65-year-old inmate fell forward, striking his head and upper body on the concrete, and died at a hospital two days later.

The charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine when she is sentenced  April 12.