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A city correctional officer was charged with the suicide of an inmate who died in a lower Manhattan cell last year after ordering his subordinates not to help him.
Captain Rebecca Hillman visited the Manhattan Attorney’s Office Monday before pleading guilty to criminally negligent manslaughter and offering a bogus filing tool. The charges are not on bail and she has been released.
Captain Rebecca Hillman watched the man hang himself in jail and did nothing. If it’s true, then she killed that man!
– ToddHellsKitch (@ToddHellsKitch) April 26, 2021
29-year-old inmate Ryan Wilson was on the list for parole and robbery at the Manhattan Detention Complex, also known as The Tombs, when he threatened to hang himself on November 22.
Wilson made a rope out of the sheets and tied it to a lamp in his cell, then called a correctional officer. He allegedly climbed onto a stool, wrapped the makeshift rope around his neck and told the police officer that he would kill himself if Hillman didn’t let him out, authorities said.
The officer reported the alarming testimony to Hillman who, according to court documents, had not taken any action.
Wilson climbed onto the bed and began a countdown before jumping up. The officer requested that the cell be opened immediately so that they could kill him. A few minutes later, Hillman came out and told the other inmates that Wilson was “playing”.
When the door was finally opened, Hillman prohibited the officer from entering the cell, claiming that Wilson faked the incident because he was still breathing.
“At that time, Hillman called for non-urgent backup and ordered the door closed while Mr. Wilson was in the locked cell,” said a news release from the Manhattan Prosecutor’s Office.
It took Hillman a total of 15 minutes to finally call a medical team, authorities said. Wilson was dead when they arrived.
Hillman later filed an official report in which she falsely claimed that she immediately opened the cell door and cut Wilson off, prosecutors said.
“Ryan Wilson’s death was not just a tragedy, it was a crime,” attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. said in a statement.
The DOC did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
“He has pleaded not guilty,” said Hillman’s defense attorney, Kenneth Montgomery. “It is not something that is shown in the newspapers.”