On August the 9th, Acting Assistant Attorney General John Gore and Mark A. Yancey announced that a former McClain County, Oklahoma jail administrator had been sentenced for failing to provide an inmate with adequate medical care. Wayne Barnes was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Stephen P. Friot to 51 months in prison. He will also be required to pay a $10,000 fine.
On February the 9th of this year, Barnes pleaded guilty to violating an inmate’s civil rights by depriving him of medical care. The inmate later died from his condition. A grand jury indicted Barnes in October of 2016. He was charged with a single count of federal criminal civil rights violation in connection with the death of a detainee housed at the jail in June of 2013.
The detainee, who has been identified as Kory Wilson or K.W., was an insulin-dependent diabetic. From June 16, 2013 to the afternoon of June 19, 2013, K.W. was refused insulin and never given a medical evaluation. On June the 19th, it is alleged that Barnes found K.W. on the floor of his cell. The inmate was unresponsive. At this time, Barnes ordered correctional officers to notify emergency medical services.
Upon entering K.W.’s cell, responding paramedics discovered the inmate’s pupils fixed and dilated. The inmate never regained consciousness and subsequently died on June 21, 2013. The indictment alleges that Barnes knew about the inmate’s medical condition, but willfully failed to provide him with essential medical care ultimately resulting in the inmate’s death.
During a change of plea hearing, Barnes confirmed he was made aware of K.W.’s medical condition between June 16 and June 19. He knew the inmate was a Type-1 diabetic and required insulin. Barnes subsequently admitted to failing to provide the inmate with adequate medical care and that his actions resulted in K.W.’s death.
Barnes, who was acting as jail administrator of the McClain County Jail at the time, has been sentenced to 51 months in prison. The inmate, K.W. or Kory Wilson, was a father living in Oklahoma City. He was arrested for a gun related crime. At the time of his death, Wilson was just 27-years-old. In January of 2015, Wilson’s estate filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Barnes and several other individuals.