The videotape of Raymon Hanson was made public Thursday in the case of four former guards charged with murder in the stomping death of Frank Valdes on July 17, 1999. Hanson may testify as early as next week.
Capt. Timothy Thornton, Sgt. Jason Griffis, Sgt. Charles Brown and Sgt. Andrew Lewis are charged with second-degree murder for Valdes' death. Three other guards will stand trial later this year on the same charges.
Hanson, who has been granted immunity from prosecution for his testimony, said officers planned to beat Valdes when they went to remove him from his cell.
"We are going down there to teach him that he can't be threatening officers," Hanson said in the videotape, recorded on Jan. 22, 2000.
"If I knew he was going to die, I would have never I would never have done that," he said.
After a non-combative Valdes was subdued in his cell, Hanson said, the inmate was repeatedly kicked and punched by the guards. Brown kicked Valdes "as hard as he could," Hanson said.
Hanson also said Thornton slapped Valdes across the face and placed an electronic stun gun on his forehead.
Valdes' many injuries included a broken nose and broken jaw and 30 rib fractures.
The inmate was thrown on a garbage cart and wheeled to the clinic, where he was examined. One of the guards punched Valdes in the stomach while at the clinic, Hanson said.
He was placed in a wheelchair and taken back to a different cell.
"I didn't want Valdes beaten any more, so I accompanied him down the hallway," Hanson said. "I wish I had been a bigger man when he was in his cell."
The guards involved in the beating gathered and began preparing their report so the injuries on Valdes' medical report could be justified, Hanson said.
"I went along with the cover-up story," said Hanson, who added that all the reports submitted by the guards were false. He also said he also feared repercussions from other guards.
All four defense attorneys refused to comment on the videotape.
By RON WORD
©MMII The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed