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Subject: Fwd: Prison officers face charges in in steroid ring
This Shipley was one of the guards that the previous
Supt. warned Crosby about when he took the office of Florida State Prison
Supt. But He ignored the warning.
Article published Mar 2, 2005
Two prison officers and two former officers at North Florida prisons face federal charges for distribution of steroids, court records show.
The Florida Department of Corrections placed Sgt. Oscar Shipley, 41, and Officer Michael Chambliss, 36, on administrative leave with pay after the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Florida announced their arrests Monday.
Also arrested were Clayton Manning, 37, and Marcus Hodges, 32. Both men had started with DOC in the 1990s but have since resigned.
The U.S. Attorney's Office would not elaborate on the case Tuesday except to confirm the men face federal drug charges involving an alleged steroid operation from May 2002 to May 2004 in Bradford, Clay and Union counties and Egypt.
Manning's ex-girlfriend Jennifer Hall, 29, also was arrested for obstruction of justice, prosecutors reported. Hall is accused of advising a witness to lie in May 2004 to investigators and a federal grand jury about an investigation into illegal steroid distribution.
Shipley started with the department in 1993 and is a sergeant at the Reception and Medical Center in Union County, said DOC spokesman Sterling Ivey. Chambliss is a corrections officer at New River Correctional Institution in Bradford County and has been employed with the department since 2002.
Ivey said no decision will be made about their employment until the department receives more information about the case.
"We really haven't been provided a lot of information at this point about the circumstances other than names and charges," he said.
A department employee since 1992, Manning resigned from DOC in 1999 after working at Florida State Prison near Starke. Hodges submitted a brief resignation letter in May 2004. He started with the department in 1995 and had been an officer at New River.
If convicted as charged, Manning, Shipley and Hodges could face up to five years in prison. Both Chambliss and Hall could be sentenced to up to 10 years in prison, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.
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