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Jury convicts former Cuyahoga County Jail Director on misdemeanor charges

Kenneth Mills (Source: Cuyahoga County Sheriff)
Kenneth Mills (Source: Cuyahoga County Sheriff)(WOIO)
Published: Sep. 10, 2021 at 1:30 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 10, 2021 at 2:35 PM EDT
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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - A jury convicted the former director of the Cuyahoga County Jail on two counts of dereliction of duty and two counts of falsification, all misdemeanors.

Kenneth Mills was found not guilty on the felony charge of tampering with records.

Eight inmates died while Mills was the director of the Cuyahoga County Jail.

During the trial, prosecutors pointed out, under his watch, inmates were deprived of proper health care, shelter or food.

“Under Mills’ watch, drugs flowed freely and medical care did not. Inmates were attacked by corrections officers,” said Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost. “With this conviction, Mills can think about his own potential time behind bars - and hope that it will run better than the hellhole he ran for Cuyahoga County.”

A visiting judge presided over the trial which began on Aug. 24.

Mills did not take the stand in his own defense.

He will be sentenced on Oct. 8.

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