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Former corrections officer cuts plea deal in prison inmate's death

Former corrections officer cuts plea deal in prison inmate's death
Posted at 1:06 PM, Oct 22, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-22 13:06:09-04

A former prison guard accused in the death of a Michigan inmate who killed herself in 2015 has entered a plea agreement.

The Ann Arbor News reports 49-year-old Dianna Callahan of Flint pleaded no contest Friday to involuntary manslaughter. Chief Assistant Washtenaw County Prosecutor Steve Hiller says a willful neglect of duty charge will be dismissed.

Hiller says Callahan is expected to get a sentence of no more than six months in jail. The plea came ahead of Callahan's trial, which had been scheduled to begin Monday.

Authorities say Callahan failed to properly respond to a suicide threat made by Janika Edmond at a prison for women.

The update coes as the Michigan Department of Corrections seeks to settle a federal lawsuit filed by the representative for Edmond's estate.