Poisoned prison guard to be honored in Washington

JACKSON, Mich. (AP) — A 19th-century prison guard fatally poisoned by an inmate who was pardoned decades later is getting national recognition.

The Jackson Citizen Patriot reports (http://bit.ly/1mt5gKj ) that George Haight's name will be added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Prisoner Robert Latimer wasn't prosecuted for the 1893 crime, but news reports unearthed by researchers found that he poisoned Haight's lunch at Jackson's old state prison.

Michigan Department of Corrections officer Jeff Reasoner spearheaded the effort to recognize Haight, whose name wasn't listed as the department's earliest on-duty death. Reasoner, a member of the department's Honor Guard, says he wanted the emphasis to be on Haight.

Reasoner says he plans to attend the unveiling ceremony in May. Several of Haight's ancestors also plan to go.

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Information from: Jackson Citizen Patriot, http://www.mlive.com/jackson

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