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PURCELL, Okla. – A former administrator of an Oklahoma jail has been indicted on a civil rights violation following the death of a detainee.

The indictment alleges that Wayne Barnes, who was a lieutenant at the McClain County Jail, denied necessary medical care to one detainee, which led to his death.

According to the indictment, the victim suffered from diabetes and needed insulin.

When the victim arrived at the jail on June 16, 2013, the indictment claims he was not evaluated by a doctor and was not taken to a hospital until three days later.

On June 19, Barnes found the victim lying on the floor of his cell unresponsive. At that point, emergency crews were called but the victim died two days later.

The indictment alleges that Barnes knew the victim had a serious medical condition and willfully failed to provide him with necessary medical care, which played a role in his death.

Barnes is charged with one count of a death-resulting deprivation of rights under color of law. If convicted, he could face up to life in prison.