Family Of Rikers Inmate Who Died By Suicide Speaks Out As Prison Official Indicted

The family of Ryan Wilson says his suicide at Rikers Island could've been avoided. Correction Caption Rebecca Hillman was indicted on felony charges related to his death. CBS2's Aundrea Cline-Thomas reports.

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KRISTINE JOHNSON: We are hearing from the family of a man who committed suicide while a prisoner on Rikers Island, and it comes as a captain with New York City's Department of Correction c was indicted on felony charges in his death. CBS 2's Aundrea Cline-Thomas has more.

ELAYNA MANSON: My stomach was churning. I was heartbroken.

AUNDREA CLINE-THOMAS: In New York State Supreme Court, the family of Ryan Wilson had to hear the details of his suicide at Rikers Island last November, a death the family says could have been avoided.

ELAYNA MANSON: I'll miss his personality and how he was with the family. Very jokingly. He was very talented.

AUNDREA CLINE-THOMAS: Monday, Correction Capt. Rebecca Hillman was indicted on felony charges of criminally negligent homicide and turned herself in. She was flanked protectively and handcuffed as she walked into the courtroom, her face hidden by a hood, baseball cap, dark glasses, and a mask.

Capt. Hillman is accused of not taking Wilson's suicide threat seriously and, after he committed the act, saying he was faking it. Now, according to prosecutors, Hillman delayed opening Wilson's cell and then falsified the incident report. But it was all captured on video.

KEVIN MCCALL: She delayed 15 minutes of opening the cell of Ryan Wilson. That 15 minutes could have saved his life. He would have been here today if that cell was opened.

AUNDREA CLINE-THOMAS: In a rare move, other correction officers testified against the captain during the grand jury proceedings.

ELAYNA MANSON: We know that this doesn't bring Ryan back, but it's the beginning of justice for us.

AUNDREA CLINE-THOMAS: For Wilson's family, the charges are a first step in what's already a painful process. Aundrea Cline-Thomas, CBS 2 News.

KRISTINE JOHNSON: Hillman pleaded not guilty to the charges. She was not eligible for bail but was released. She is also suspended without pay, pending the outcome of the criminal case.