Prison officer aims to right wrong in 1893 death

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

JACKSON, Mich. (AP) A Michigan Department of Corrections officer seeks recognition for a 19th century prison guard fatally poisoned by an inmate later pardoned.

Officer Jeff Reasoner has made George Haight's case his cause since learning about it last year. Reasoner has submitted an application for Haight to be added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Reasoner says it's a "travesty" there's no department record of Haight or his on-duty death in 1893 at the hands of prisoner Robert Latimer during a short-lived escape from the old state prison in Jackson.

Latimer was pardoned in 1935 after serving about 45 years of a life sentence for killing his mother. Reasoner calls that "an ultimate slap in the face" for Haight.

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