In 2014, a family in Georgia had their lives changed forever. They were visiting Habersham County, Georgia, and were fast asleep. But members of the NCIS team in Habersham were executing a search warrant they had for the house.
The officers were attempting to execute a search warrant at the home, when they tossed a flash bang grenade through a side door. Little Bounkham Phonesavanh was sleeping inside a crib in the room. The explosive device landed in his crib, and left the then-18 month old critically injured.
The child has recovered as best as he can. But the family has been left wondering who to blame for this terrible tragedy. Well, today, Deputy Sheriff and 29 year old Nikki Autry has been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of providing false information in a search warrant affidavit and providing the same false information to obtain an arrest warrant.
According to US Attorney John Horn, Autry knew that the owner of the house had not purchased methamphetamine, the alleged crime for which the house was being search. Based on a lie he had told a judge magistrate, a “no-knock” search was authorized, that ended up blinding and injuring this poor baby.
Should he go to jail?