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Garfield County Sheriff Arrested


Garfield County Judge Paul Woodward unsealed indictments Tuesday issued by the state’s multicounty grand jury revealing the names of six individuals charged in the death of Anthony Huff, who died at the Garfield County Jail in June 2016.

Grand jurors have met and received evidence on this case since March  and handed down the second degree manslaughter charges last week.

The indictments allege the following individuals, who worked at the jail: Sheriff Jerry Niles, Jennifer Niles, Vanisa Gay, John Markus, Lela Goatley and Shawn Galusha were responsible for the mistreatment of Huff, directly resulting in his death.

Court documents state that Huff was pronounced dead at the jail on June 8, 2016, after he was found unresponsive in a restraint chair. The documents say he was placed in the chair for an extended period of time without proper amounts of food, water or medical treatment for illnesses from which he was suffering.

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation assisted in the apprehension of the six individuals.

The case will be prosecuted in Garfield County by District 26 District Attorney Chris Boring, who was asked to take the case when District 4 District Attorney Mike Fields recused, citing a conflict of interest because he advises the sheriffs in District 4, which includes Garfield County.