Two Florida corrections deputies arrested, accused of injuring inmates

Posted at 8:48 AM, February 23, 2023

LEE COUNTY, Fla. (WFTX) — Florida’s Lee County Sheriff’s Office has announced that two corrections deputies have been fired and arrested for felony misconduct.

Enzo Finamore and Casey Howell are charged with Felony Official Misconduct and Misdemeanor Battery after allegedly injuring three inmates.

Enzo Finamore and Casey Howell mugshots

This photo provided by the Lee County Sheriff’s Office shows Enzo Finamore (L) and Casey Howell (R). (Lee County Sheriff’s Office)

During a routine check in the direct observation unit in the Lee County Jail, an inmate was observed to have sustained first and second-degree burns. An internal investigation revealed two more inmates were found with the same injuries.

According to Lee County Sheriff’s Carmine Marceno, the former deputies threw scalding hot water from a water dispenser onto the inmates to gain compliance.

The victims were treated on-site by medical staff and are receiving care.

The Lee County Sheriff’s Office is taking action to remedy the situation. As of right now, they have removed the hot water dispensers from the direct observation wing. They have added a supervisor to the unit and are looking at ways to improve their training methods.

Howell’s bond is set at $16, 500 and Finamore’s is set at $6,500.

This story was originally published Feb. 22 by WFTX in Fort Myers-Naples, an E.W. Scripps Company, and has been edited by Court TV.

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