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Guards Suspended For Security Breakdown

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Four prison guards were suspended for a security breakdown the day serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer and another convict were murdered by a fellow inmate.

Corrections Secretary Michael Sullivan announced the disciplinary actions Tuesday after a five-member investigative panel released a report saying inmate Christopher Scarver acted alone in the Nov. 28, 1994, beating deaths of Dahmer and killer Jesse Anderson.

The committee found that guards Robert Theiler, who left his post, and Donovan Dittberner, who was on the telephone for about 20 minutes, failed to properly monitor the inmates, who were on a work detail at the time.

Dittberner has been suspended for six months without pay and Theiler for three months without pay.

Guard William Green, who allowed Dittberner to make a 15-minute outside telephone call around the time of the murders, was suspended for one day. Supervisor Steve Schneider, who was on the other end of a one- to five-minute call from Dittberner, was suspended for three days.

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