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Milwaukee County Jail employee guilty in inmate dehydration death

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Posted at 6:02 PM, Feb 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-05 19:02:17-05

MILWAUKEE — Maj. Nancy Evans of the Milwaukee County Jail was found guilty Tuesday in the 2016 inmate dehydration death of Terrill Thomas.

Evans appeared in court on charges of misconduct in office and obstructing an officer. One count was dismissed, and Evans pleaded no contest to the other charge.

Evans knew about critical surveillance video in the dehydration death of Thomas but lied about it to investigators to protect her job, the court ruled.

Thomas died from dehydration while in solitary confinement in April 2016. The water in his cell was shut off for six days before his death.

Inmates should have 24/7 access to water in their cell, according to jail policy.

Under the conviction, Evans is restricted from firearm possession and voting.

A sentencing hearing is scheduled for March 22 at 1:30 p.m.