(Cleveland) - The warden of the Cuyahoga County Jail was sentenced today but avoids time behind bars.
Judge Nancy Fuerst gave Eric Ivey a suspended 180 day jail sentence for obstructing an investigation into an inmate's overdose death at the county jail.
Ivey pleaded guilty to the charges, and agreed to assist investigators in other probes of misconduct at the jail. Ivey also agreed to resign, capping a 28 year career and ending what he called "his dream job". He apologized to the court, and admitted to a lapse in judgement.
Ivey was charged in connection with the death of Joseph Arquillo. The 47 year old inmate died in the jail on August 27, 2018 from what was ruled to be a drug overdose.
Security video showed Arquillo lying motionless on a mat for two hours without being checked on. A corrections officers identified as Martin Devring did kick the mat and then walked away. An hour later Arquillo was rushed to MetroHealth.
In addition to Ivey, 10 other current or former jail employees are facing criminal charges in sweeping probe of jail operations.
(Photos by Ken Robinson/WTAM)
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