CUMBERLAND — Former correctional officer Ryan B. Dolan was found not guilty of four counts of second-degree assault and one count of conspiracy to commit assault against inmates Monday in Allegany County Circuit Court. The charges stem from a March 2008 incident at the maximum-security North Branch Correctional Institution.

The jury of eight men and four women reached their verdict after deliberating for about three hours but was unable to reach a verdict on three counts of conspiracy to commit second-degree assault.

Judge Gary G. Leasure presided in the four-day trial that concluded at about 6:30 p.m. He declared a mistrial on the three conspiracy counts in which the jury was unable to reach a unanimous verdict.

Defense attorney Steven R. Tulley said, “I am pleased with the jury’s verdicts. They listened carefully to the evidence and our argument and agreed with us. I think justice was served.”

Maryland assistant attorney general Franklyn Musgrove Jr., who prosecuted the case along with assistant attorney general Jason Abbott, declined comment.

Tulley told Dolan after the trial that the state has the option to try him on the three counts that the jury could not decide. “Hopefully, they won’t,” said Tulley.

Dolan is the second officer to be tried in circuit court on inmate brutality charges. Last week, former correctional officer Tony V. Nery was found guilty of assault and conspiracy to commit assault charges in a jury trial in circuit court.

Four other former NBCI officers will stand trial over the next several weeks on the same charges, including Sherman R. Jones, 39, of Fort Ashby, W.Va., who is scheduled to be tried before a jury tomorrow in circuit court with Leasure presiding. Jones is being represented by Tulley. Jury selection begins at 9:15 a.m.

Contact Jeffrey Alderton at jlalderton@times-news.com.

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