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3 Former Corrections Officers Found Not Guilty In Death Of Bridgewater State Hospital Patient
By wbur.org
Published: 12/12/2017

Three former corrections officers at Bridgewater State Hospital have been found not guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the death of a mentally ill patient they forcibly put into restraints eight years ago.

Former guards Derek Howard, John Raposo and George Billadeau were also found not guilty of criminal civil rights violations. The verdicts came Monday from Plymouth Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Locke.

Joshua Messier, a 23-year-old with a history of paranoid schizophrenia, assaulted a corrections officer on May 4, 2009, at the facility, and was then placed in a "four-point restraint" by guards.

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