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Former lieutenant facing manslaughter charge for inmate’s death

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OKLAHOMA CITY – A former lieutenant with the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office is facing charges after an inmate died from injuries in the county jail.

Authorities say 53-year-old Andres Sanchez is charged with second-degree manslaughter for the death of 53-year-old Emmett Martin.

Sanchez is accused of “applying unnecessary excessive force” while subduing Martin.

Officials say Sanchez dislocated Martin’s shoulder and wrist during a struggle, which caused internal bleeding that led to his death.

Sheriff John Whetsel, with the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office, released the following statement:

“It’s a disappointment when an incident like this occurs. When I was notified of what happened, I immediately contacted the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation to conduct an outside, independent investigation. We worked with OSBI, and their report was referred to the Oklahoma County District Attorney’s Office and charges were filed. We can assure the citizens of Oklahoma County that we are transparent agency when it comes to an investigation of this nature, and we believe in the rule of law.”

If convicted, Sanchez faces two to four years in prison.