Three Lynchburg correctional officers under investigation for assault and battery of prisoner

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LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) – Penelope Burns, the mother of Preston Burns, says he was in custody at Lynchburg Regional Jail on May 9 for a trespassing charge.

She says it was the first time he had ever been arrested.

Search warrants show her son was restrained by leg restraints, a waist belt and handcuffs and was seen and/or heard being assaulted inside Lynchburg General Hospital.

“They legally beat my son and got away with it!”

Penelope Burns, mother of Preston Burns

Warrants show Burns received substantial injuries that the guards, Cory Hancock, Navarone Hartman and Julius Tallant claim “were the result of their justified actions and how they were trained.”

Court documents contain accusations that three correctional officers assaulted an inmate while at Lynchburg General Hospital.
Court documents contain accusations that three correctional officers assaulted an inmate while at Lynchburg General Hospital.

“They were trained to beat the hell out of somebody? They weren’t trained very well. I wonder what school they went to,” said Penelope Burns.

She says she would have preferred not to show a photo of her son without his permission and that there are other facts not in the report that she would rather not detail.

“They humiliated him also. In several ways, more than one,” Burns said of her son’s treatment.

She also says Preston, a 30-year-old father of a young girl has even missed court dates out of fear.

“And I know he’s not going to ever forget it, you know? He’s scared to death to even go down there,” she said.

Penelope is calling for the guards’ termination but says even that falls short of true justice.

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