Three Oregon jail employees indicted after inmate death

MADRAS, Ore. (AP) — Three employees of an Oregon jail have been indicted on charges of criminally negligent homicide in connection with an inmate’s death.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports the indictment was filed early Thursday against Michael Durkan, Cory Skidgel and Anthony Hansen — all with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office in central Oregon.

They are accused in the death of a James Wippel, who died last April.

At the time, the sheriff’s office said the 59-year-old inmate suffered a serious medical issue a few days after landing in jail on drug charges. Paramedics arrived to take him to a hospital, but he died at the scene.

Prosecutors have yet to say what leads them to believe the employees acted with negligence. It’s unknown if those charged have retained lawyers.

Durkan and Skidgel are deputies; Hansen is a corporal.