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NYC Correction captain expected to face charges in hanging death of inmate

A city Department of Correction captain is expected to face charges Monday related to the death of an inmate who hanged himself in his Lower Manhattan cell, the Daily News has learned.

Capt. Rebecca Hillman is expected to surrender Monday and be charged in the apparent suicide of 29-year-old Ryan Wilson, who was found lifeless Nov. 22 in his cell at Manhattan Detention Complex, according to a law enforcement source and Rev. Kevin McCall, a family representative for Wilson’s grieving relatives.

Wilson’s death prompted the suspension of Hillman and Correction Officer Oscar Rojo, as well an investigation into claims that jail staffers at the complex — better known as The Tombs — saw his lifeless body hanging from a makeshift noose but waited nearly 15 minutes before calling for help.

Ryan Wilson

“He should’ve been under watch,” Wilson’s sister Elayna Manson told The News last fall, noting that her brother’s bipolar disorder was well documented in court records and in the state prison and city jail systems. “The extra care my brother needed because of his mental illness, he didn’t get that. That wasn’t provided for him at all . . . It’s frustrating, it’s hurtful. They should lose their jobs.”

“I can’t sleep,” she added. “My dad can’t sleep. None of us can sleep.”

The Manhattan Detention Complex

Wilson was arrested Oct. 27 on robbery charges. When asked about the charges, a spokesperson from the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office said in November that he had been approved for release and “the only thing” keeping him incarcerated was a $1 parole hold on an open misdemeanor case.

With Molly Crane-Newman

Source (Ny Daily news)

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