In a letter dated October 27, 2017 concerning charges against five local men President of Local 1405 AFGE, Brian Shoemaker, issued the following statement in a letter:
On Friday October 27, 2017 the Assistant United States Attorney for the Western District of Virginia, Zachary T. Lee, dismissed all charges levied on five Correctional Officers employed at the United States Penintentiary in Lee County.
On June 12, 2017 Officer Michael Barnette, 34 of Dryden, was charged with ten counts of making a false statement and using a false writing in a matter within the executive branch of the United States government.
On August 29, 2017 Officers Charles Carter,47 of Wise, Ryan Sluss, 27, of Coeburn and William Marshall, 40 of Jonesville, were each charged with one count of making a false statement and using a false writing in a matter within the executive branch of the United States government. Additionally, Jerry Shuler, 48 of Big Stone Gap, was charged with ten counts of making a false statement and using a false writing in a matter within the executive branch of the United States government.
Local 1405 would like to thank all the family, friends, and co-workers that have stood by these Correctional Professionals during this difficult time, and were prepared to be with these officers until they had their day in court and were vindicated. We would like to tthank the Law Office of Timothy McAfee and the O'Quinn Law Office who have spent many hours preparing to defend these unjust charges levied against these men. Lastly I would like to thank the nearly 300 members of USP Lee Local 1405 and the over 30,000 members of the Council of Prisons Locals, many of which have reached out to me personally offering assistance during the course of these proceedings.
President, AFGE Local 1405