Suspended guard accused of intimidating co-worker

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A suspended guard at Pittsburgh's state prison was charged with intimidating a fellow guard this week in connection with an ongoing investigation at the Woods Run facility.

The arrest of Tory D. Kelly, 39, of Aliquippa, sheds some light on the secretive prison probe that was launched in November.

A police affidavit filed by a detective with the Allegheny County district attorney's office said corrections officer Curtis Hoffman was one of several staff members interviewed during the investigation into misconduct that led to Mr. Kelly's suspension.

On Tuesday, Mr. Kelly showed up in a car at Mr. Hoffman's Coraopolis home and began cursing at Mr. Hoffman and walking toward him with a clenched fist, the affidavit said. After a brief confrontation, Mr. Kelly left, according to the court paperwork.

Police charged Mr. Kelly with simple assault, retaliation against a witness or victim, terroristic threats, and two counts of stalking, all misdemeanors.

Mr. Hoffman told investigators that Mr. Kelly told another prison guard in February that Mr. Kelly had a ".50-caliber bullet with ... Hoffman's name on it," the affidavit said.

Mr. Kelly was arraigned Thursday afternoon. His bond was set at $25,000 straight.

Mr. Kelly was hired by the state Department of Corrections in 2004 and was suspended April 1.

Eight guards were suspended in the first quarter of 2010 as part of an internal investigation into alleged ethics violations, and in May four top officials, including the superintendent, left.


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