Effort to recognize poisoned guard moves forward

JACKSON, Mich. (AP) — An effort is moving forward by a Michigan Department of Corrections officer seeking national recognition for a 19th century prison guard fatally poisoned by an inmate who was pardoned decades later.

The Jackson Citizen Patriot reports (http://bit.ly/1covv9S ) the department director recently signed an application to have George Haight’s name added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C.

The application now goes to Washington for approval.

Officer Jeff Reasoner, a member of the department’s Honor Guard, says it’s a “travesty” there’s no department record of Haight or his on-duty death in 1893 at the hands of prisoner Robert Latimer during a short-lived escape from the old state prison in Jackson.

Latimer wasn’t prosecuted for the crime, but news reports unearthed by researchers found that he poisoned Haight’s lunch.

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Information from: Jackson Citizen Patriot, http://www.mlive.com/jackson

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