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Former Cuyahoga County Jail warden pleads not guilty during first court appearance

Posted at 8:20 AM, May 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-02 09:27:07-04

CLEVELAND — Eric Ivey, the former warden of the Cuyahoga County Jail who was demoted to associate warden earlier this year and a corrections officer appeared in court for their arraignment.

According to the indictment, Ivey allegedly ordered a corrections officer to shut off his body camera during an "emergency incident" that involved the death of an inmate. He also allegedly lied to investigators about the incident when he was interviewed this week.

Ivey pleaded not guilty during his arraignment. He was given a $5,000 cash surety bond. Ivey has a preliminary hearing scheduled for May 9 at 9 a.m.

In addition, two corrections officers were also indicted for their roles in February 2018 incident in which an inmate's teeth were knocked out.

Corrections Officer John Wilson has been charged with felonious assault, interfering with civil rights and unlawful restraint. Wilson's case was continued.

Jason Jozwiak has also been charged with falsification and interfering with civil rights, according to the Ohio Attorney General's Office. Authorities said that Wilson "allegedly refused to permit a nurse to care for the inmate while the inmate sat in a restraint chair with a broken nose and broken teeth."

Jozwiak pleaded not guilty during his arraignment. He was given a $5,000 cash surety bond. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for May 13 at 9 a.m.

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