Arraignment For Guards in Panama City Boot Camp Death

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) - Arraignment is scheduled for seven former guards and a nurse charged in the death of a 14-year-old at a Panama City boot camp.

They stand charged with aggravated manslaughter of a minor in the case. If convicted, they could be sentenced to up to 30 years in prison.

Martin Anderson died a day after he was struck and kicked by guards at the Bay County Sheriff's Office Boot Camp in 2006. The altercation was caught on surveillance video.

The boy's family must wait for the state's criminal case to conclude before their 40 million-dollar wrongful death lawsuit can begin.

An initial autopsy found that Anderson died of complications of a usually benign blood disorder. But a second autopsy found Anderson's death was suffocated by the guards.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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