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Former detention officers charged with falsifying documents

Posted: June 11, 2012 - 6:07pm
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Michelle O'Kelley
Michelle O'Kelley

Two former Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office detention officers were charged Monday with falsifying jail logs in connection with the 2011 death of a man being held in the detention center.

Michael Hirman, 25, of Vilonia and Michelle O’Kelley, 47, of Conway resigned last year amid an Arkansas State Police investigation into the death of a man who was booked into the jail on May 8, 2011, on charges that he was drunk or insane. Autopsy results from the state Crime Laboratory revealed that the man later died of an overdose from a combination of alcohol and narcotics.

Hirman and O’Kelley claim that they checked on the inmate every 15 minutes per department policy, but video evidence obtained during the investigation revealed the pair had not followed policy, authorities said.

“Tampering with a record is a very serious charge, but is made that much more serious when we are talking about law enforcement officials who falsify an investigative record,” Prosecuting Attorney Cody Hiland said. “Law enforcement have to hold themselves to a higher standard — there has to be accountability for those kind of transgressions.”

Sheriff’s Maj. Andy Shock, who recently returned to work from a campaign leave of absence, said sheriff’s office employees “are held to the highest standard. Unfortunately employees fall short of that and when they do, they are disciplined.”

Both Hirman and O’Kelley were arrested and released Monday afternoon on bond. The bond amount was not readily available. Hiland said the two will have first appearances this week.

If convicted of the Class D felony, the suspects face a maximum jail sentence of six years.

(Megan Reynolds is a staff writer and can be reached at 505-1277 or megan.reynolds@thecabin.net. To comment on this story and others, visit www.thecabin.net)

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Ms_Zoe
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Ms_Zoe 06/11/12 - 07:39 pm
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Where does all this info come from?

I can't speak about the subject matter of this story, as I don't know all of the details. BUT... I can say that I know for a fact that neither Michael or Michelle "resigned amid an investigation". Michael got a job with the state a couple months after this incident and quit, and Michelle got a job as a manager somewhere about 6 or 7 months after this incident and quit. Makes me wonder about the other "facts" given to the media.

Ms_Zoe
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Ms_Zoe 06/11/12 - 08:38 pm
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Well shameful...

Let me rephrase. They did not quit or resign or were not forced to resign "amid an investigation". The investigation was over within a week or so of the incident... Their quitting had nothing to do with that incident.

Polly
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Polly 06/11/12 - 09:23 pm
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What a shame

Most of that information is not even correct, and I know as well that the two getting different jobs had nothing to do with the "investigation".. And they are making them look like they are bad people when they are far from it. I cant wait until the truth comes out and those who are TRULY responsible for the records being incorrect will pay. Then all these ignorant people that THINK they lnow what happened can feel stupid. Just just sit back and wait..... then you will know to point your finger at and gossip about, as it is only a matter of time.

PEARList
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PEARList 06/11/12 - 10:23 pm
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splitting hairs

"amid" just means "during" or "in the course of".

In other words, saying they resigned "amid the investigation" technically only means their employment ended by their own choice while the investigation was ongoing. We assume it means that they resigned *because* of the investigation, but that's not really what "amid" means.

Also, Ms. Zoe, are you saying that "within a week or so" of the man dying in the jail, the State Police had already come in, started, and finished the investigation? Seems odd if they were finished in May of 2011 and there are just now charges and arrests. I think maybe you mean the initial investigation by the Sheriff's Office could have been concluded within a few days before State Police took over. I would think this kind of investigation could take quite a while, especially if things were hindered by someone falsifying documents.

Ms_Zoe
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Ms_Zoe 06/11/12 - 11:09 pm
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I don't know all of the

I don't know all of the details, but it's my understanding that the state police were finished with their investigation long before either of them quit. And yes, I find it quite odd that it's taken a year for this to suddenly come up.

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ucantbserious 06/12/12 - 08:56 am
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Hmm

Did they both run for sheriff?

Polly
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Polly 06/12/12 - 12:38 am
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The cousin in the interview

The cousin in the interview said she called the police even though she knew he had been drinking and taking pills... because he needed help.... don't you think they should have called an ambulance instead? Sounds like someone wants money so they're trying to sue the whole place so the Sheriffs dept. is just trying to make these two scapegoat.... either way, the truth will come out and everyone guilty will pay, not just their "puppets"...

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usd04422 06/12/12 - 12:53 am
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Free em

This aint romper room, you do the drugs you pay thr cost...not their job to coddle

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BuzzBy 06/12/12 - 08:14 am
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Nothing New Here
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It is an election year if they get a conviction or not it won't matter becuse the election will be over and this matter will be long forgotten by the next election. But it shows that the FCSO is "trying" LOL to look like they care.
And like anything else, ask Martha Stewart it is not the crime but the cover up and lying that gets you busted in America.

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ARBEAR 06/12/12 - 08:21 am
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@ usdo4422...

Coddle no, but it is their job to do what we taxpayers pay them to do. Sounds to me they were just being lazy.

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