2 suspended in Orange County home confinement investigation

Published On: May 17 2013 05:45:09 PM EDT
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ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. -

Orange County Corrections has suspended two officials for violating home confinement policies related to the man who shot and killed a witness slated to testify against him at trial while on GPS monitoring.

According to the county's internal review, officials found senior corrections officers Kenya Cox and Meg Hughes were both suspended for 10 days without pay after they were found to have violated several rules of monitoring Bessman Okafor's confinement.

The violations include failing to address "red alerts" on various occasions.

 A third person was also punished--Corrections Manager Cindy Boyles, was also punished with a written reprimand.

Okafor was on home confinement GPS monitoring when investigators say he and two other men broke into an Ocoee home in 2012 and shot three people, killing 19-year-old Alex Zaldivar.

Zaldivar's death launched a federal and internal investigation into Orange County jail and the Easter shooting in Apopka by a man on GPS monitoring by a private company resulted in Judge Belvin Perry suspending GPS tracker use in new criminal cases.

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