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Former Scioto County corrections officer indicted in death of inmate

Billy Thompson was indicted by a grand jury last week on charges of murder, voluntary manslaughter and reckless homicide.
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A former Scioto County Sheriff's Office corrections officer has been indicted on felony charges over his role in the death of an inmate last year.

According to Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost, Billy Thompson was indicted by a grand jury last week on charges of murder, voluntary manslaughter and reckless homicide.

The charges stem from fatal injuries suffered by 56-year-old Kevin Bailey on May 25 at the Scioto County Jail.

The attorney general's office said Thompson is accused of slamming Bailey to the ground during a struggle while moving him within the facility.

Bailey was taken to the hospital where he died in June 1 due to blunt force trauma to the head, neck and torso.

If convicted, Thompson could get 15 years to life in prison. He is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday.