Prosecutor: No timeline on charges in jail death

Prosecutor: No timeline on charges in jail death

A Milwaukee prosecutor says he has no timeline for deciding whether to charge several county jail employees over the death of an inmate who went seven days without water.

Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm also says he’s not bound by the jury’s recommendation Monday that seven staffers be charged in the death of 38-year-old Terrill Thomas. He said he could charge more people — or fewer.

Thomas died in April 2016 of dehydration. The water to his cell had been turned off because he had flooded his last cell by jamming a mattress in the toilet, and it was never turned back on.

Jurors recommended charges for abuse of a resident of a penal facility.

Chisholm says he thinks the jury saw a “clear lack of oversight” over inmate care.