Rikers Island Correction Officers Sentenced In Beating Death Of Inmate

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Two Rikers Island correction officers have been sentencing after pleading guilty in October to assault charges.

Prosecutors said Michael McKie, 33, and Khalid Nelson, 37, ran what became known at Rikers as “the Program” in which inmates were directed to assault other prisoners to keep order in the cell blocks.

1010 WINS’ Juliet Papa reports

McKie has been sentenced to two years in prison. Nelson was sentenced to one year.

An investigation into “the Program” followed the beating death of 18-year-old Christopher Robinson in October 2008.

WCBS 880’s Irene Cornell On The Case

“At the end of the day these people are still able to see their families but my only child is a sight I’ll never see again,” Charnel Robinson, the victim’s mother, said.

Attorney Sanford Rubenstein said the Justice Department needs to review the prison system.

“From this tragedy and other tragedies the prisons are not safe for inmates,” he said.

Five inmates have pleaded guilty in connection with the investigation and charges are pending against seven others and a third correction officer.

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  1. Geena Romano says:

    Hey Charnel if we done take the r out of your name and replace it with a n you could be channel like that perfume!
    How much money you think you gonna get from the civil case?

  2. Geena Romano says:

    whoever say mean spirit immature sh-t about charnel a mother mourning now for life even if she WILL win lawsuit for million or more lil less lil more etc. who knows
    but the bottom line who care what MOM look like, i am sure your mother is not a bed of roses either! meaning stop HATIN on people.don’t u get it a YOUNG life,very very young was innocently taken away from him,the pain he must’ve felt.bottom line yes he is at peace now living thru his family each minute, from heaven,but this man was no harden criminal! he is dead,the HARDEN CRIMINAL MURDERERS ARE THE LOUSY CORRECTION OFFICER, SEVERAL AND I HOPE 1 DAY OR ON EARTH YOU Men burn in hell for murdering him and shame on the ny system giving him and the other NO GOOD MURDERER only a year or 2 but
    at the VERY least, at least he got something,and can NEVER work in this field
    again,GOD will see to it on judgement day OR sooner,something bad will go
    their way for the riker former correction officer, it will come back to them and it is calle KARMA.

  3. Daddy Robinson says:

    Charnel was the worst mama anyone could have had….she look like a man but she unsmart like a woman

  4. kjnlknklj says:

    thats why u cant leave blacks in charge of anything

  5. mj says:

    they should have to serve in the general population at rikers

    1. Geena Romano says:

      HEY MJ:

      that is what my bro just say! put them asses in GENERAL PRISON POPULATION
      without a gun, the sorry azz cops or “correction” officer, punk azz without a badge would not last 1 day.KARMA everyone trust me it will reach them,sooner than they might think,because GOD do not like ugly,unfortunate the “system” do not care this boy has die,brutally at the hands of a guy WAY older almost what”forty and he live his life with a gun like a savage in uniform,KARMA will i am sure come.

      RIP young man.

      Your mother CHARNEL ROBINSON sue and donate some cash when your living
      nicely from it,to do better by donating some to a charity,in YOUR SON NAME
      he would want u 2 do that. i know that.

      and maybe a scholarship. the huge lawsuit your about 2 win,RIGHTFULLY SO
      will NOT bring your son back but surely will help your pain a lil easier,as your able then to move away maybe and try to rebuild your life,from a horrific tragedy

      from geena romano
      stat.isld, ny
      nj
      tri-state

      and civil right advocate.

  6. NRO says:

    What you should be wondering is why they were allowed to get such little time. Why a plea deal? Because there was no evidence and not enough to bring these charges to fruition. On a personal level, I know that these plea deals were taken because it was better than risking a 50 year sentence in our very broken justice system. You should be looking at the bigger picture and wondering how it went from 50 years to one and two years. These numbers speak volumes to a public who is paying attention and realizes that not all the facts are out there.

    As a minority who had plenty of ” beef” with law enforcement growing up, I’ve come to realize that not everything is black and white. “Huge rate of officers killing minorities”? Really? Where? Facts are always more convincing than speculation or reverse prejudices….

  7. HARLEMALLDAY says:

    CORRECTION OFFICERS ON RIKERS ISLAND ARE JACKASSES ANYWAY!! MOST LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS WERE BULLIED AND PICKED ON AS KIDS, SO THEY CHOOSE A POSITION OF AUTHORITY LIKE THAT 2 B SOMEBODY AND THEY R STILL PUNKS WITH BADGES!!!! THEY SHOULD B PUT IN THE SAME CELLBLOCKS WITH THOSE THEY POLICED AND GET THE SAME BEATING THEY GAVE THAT CHILD. IDIOTS!!!!!!!

  8. Diesel says:

    The corrections officers should be punished, but I still find it hard to muster up sympathy for the inmates. If you can’t do the time, don’t do the crime.

  9. MIKE says:

    TWO YEARS MAX???? THIS IS BOGUST!!!!! FOR MURDER??? THEY SHOULD HAVE GOTTEN LIFE FOR THIS KILLING!

    ONCE AGAIN NYPD WINS AGAIN…KILL A MAN AND DO NO TIME, THIS IS WHY WE HAVE SUCH A HUGE RATE OF OFFICERS KILLING MINORITIES BECAUSE THERE IS NO PUNISHMENT.

    BOY I TELL YA.

    “EVERYTHING IS FOR A WHILE”

    1. AL K. HOLIC says:

      THATS WHY I SHED NO TEARS FOR COPS KILLED…..F U C K EM ALL

      1. Diesel says:

        Wait til you are the victim of a crime or terrorist attack. Who you gonna call – a hippie?

        1. mj says:

          a hippie ? lol i’ll bet you use the term “PERP” too

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