2 Security guards charged in patient's death at Granite City medical center - KMOV.com

2 Security guards charged in patient's death at Granite City medical center

EDWARDSVILLE, Illinois (KMOV) — Two former security guards are accused of suffocating a man to death in December after he was brought to a medical center in Granite City.

Charles J. Knapp, 28, and Dylan Ritchie, 21, were both charged with one count of involuntary manslaughter in the death of 42-year-old Anthony Burkey.

According to prosecutors, Burkey was brought to the Gateway Regional Medical Center by police after he allegedly punched a door at a neighbor’s home.

Police said he appeared to be having a psychotic breakdown and was taken to the medical center and placed in a room for a mental evaluation.

Authorities said Knapp and Ritchie were called to his room because of bad behavior.  Police said a struggle ensued and the men pinned Burkey to the ground face first until he stopped breathing.

Video cameras located in the room recorded the struggle and were presented as evidence to the grand jurors in reviewing the case.

Bonds for both men were set at $25,000.

They are not currently in custody but are expected to turn themselves in to police.

Both men face two to five years in prison if found guilty.

 

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