2 jail assault complaints filed in Howard Shift commander Kimball is again the focus

November 05, 1996|By Ivan Penn | Ivan Penn,SUN STAFF

A shift commander at the Howard County Detention Center -- charged last month by a county grand jury in an alleged attack on an inmate at the jail -- is under investigation in an assault on two other inmates at the jail.

The Howard County state's attorney's office is reviewing a police report on the two new complaints, which were filed Oct. 14 against Capt. Thomas V. Kimball Jr., 48, of Baltimore.

The state's attorney's office plans to decide Monday whether to charge Kimball in connection with the new complaints.

At least one of the new complaints involves the allegation that the inmate was handcuffed at the time, according to a jail incident report.

In the incident that has led to grand jury charges against Kimball, which could result in a 20-year sentence, the inmate allegedly was handcuffed.

Kimball was ordered in June to return to the state's training academy after inquiries by The Sun revealed that he was not a certified correctional officer.

In a telephone interview last night, Kimball said of the new complaints, "I don't know anything about it. I really don't have any comment. I made an official report of the incidents."

State's Attorney Marna McLendon said yesterday that she had not read the police report on the new allegations but that one of the two complaints -- the result of an incident on Sept. 5, 1995 -- is likely to be dropped because the one-year statute of limitations for filing criminal complaints has been exceeded.

That complaint was filed by former inmate David Lee Abbott, 22, of the 7600 block of Main St. in Middletown, Va., police said yesterday.

Kimball still could face charges in the second incident, which occurred during a scuffle at the jail on the morning of Feb. 2, McLendon said.

Lamont Donald Adams, 27, of the 5700 block of Thunder Hill Road in Columbia was handcuffed when he and Kimball had a fight, according to jail incident reports and a Sun interview last week with an officer who witnessed the incident.

Neither Abbott nor former inmate Adams could be reached for comment yesterday.

Kimball could be sentenced to up to 20 years in prison if convicted of charges that he assaulted Michael Alexander Saukas of Ellicott City while Saukas was serving a 14-month sentence at the Detention Center for violating his probation.

Saukas alleges that he was beaten unconscious while handcuffed during the Feb. 24 incident.

Kimball also is charged with malicious destruction of property because Saukas' glasses were destroyed during the the Feb. 24 incident. That charge carries an additional penalty of up to 60 days in jail or a $500 fine.

No trial date has been set in that case.

Pub Date: 11/05/96

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