Jail nurse defends deputies charged with inmate’s death

MADRAS, Ore. (AP) — A jail nurse testified that three Oregon jail employees charged with criminally negligent homicide following an inmate’s death due to a burst ulcer had no good reason to believe the inmate was suffering from anything other than heroin withdrawal.

The Bulletin reports that Shawn Winsor defended the three Jefferson County sheriff’s deputies in testimony Friday that wrapped up the first week of the trial in Madras.

Deputies Cory Lucinda Skidgel and Michael Christopher Durkan and Cpl. Anthony Joseph Hansen have pleaded not guilty in the death of 59-year-old James Wippel.

Wippel died April 26, 2017, at the Jefferson County jail in Madras. He’d been arrested two days before on charges of heroin and methamphetamine possession and delivery of heroin.

Criminally negligent homicide carries a maximum prison sentence of five years.