Diabetes

Former McClain County jail administrator sentenced in death of diabetic inmate

 Kory Dane Wilson
Kory Dane Wilson

The former administrator of the McClain County jail was sentenced Wednesday to 51 months in federal prison in the 2013 death of a diabetic inmate.

“My actions should have been better than what they were, and for that, I’m truly sorry,” Wayne Evans Barnes told an Oklahoma City federal judge during the sentencing.

Barnes, 56, of Norman, admitted he violated the civil rights of the inmate, Kory Dane Wilson, who needed insulin to control his Type 1 diabetes. He admitted he failed to obtain medical assistance for Wilson after being alerted of the inmate’s condition.

“I live every day for Kory Wilson,” Barnes told the judge. “Sincerely, his death has changed my life. … I’m in pain all the time.”

Before announcing the punishment, U.S. District Judge Stephen Friot told Barnes his actions were “unquestionably criminal and unquestionably callous.”

The judge noted Barnes knew of the victim’s life-threatening condition and had “ample time to make the right decision.”

“But the decision was never made,” the judge said. “This degree of criminal callousness must carry serious consequences.”

The judge also ordered Barnes to pay a $10,000 fine. Barnes must begin his prison sentence by Sept. 14.

Federal grand jurors in Oklahoma City indicted Barnes last year. They alleged Barnes acted with “deliberate indifference” toward the inmate and “willfully failed” to provide him medical care. The victim was 27 and from Oklahoma City.

In February, Barnes pleaded guilty to one count of deprivation of rights under color of law.

Wilson was taken to the McClain County jail in Purcell on June 16,…