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Posted at 06:25 PM ET, 01/03/2013

Former jail guard expected to reach plea agreement in Ronnie White case

A former Prince George’s County jail guard accused of ignoring a dying inmate suspected of killing a police officer is expected to reach a plea agreement with federal prosecutors on Friday.

Anthony McIntosh was scheduled to go to trial next week at the U.S. District Court in Greenbelt on federal civil rights and obstruction charges. Instead, a plea hearing has been set for Friday, signaling that a deal is likely be entered.

McIntosh’s attorney and prosecutors declined to comment. The terms of any agreement were not publicly available on Thursday.

McIntosh was charged last January, more than three years after White was found strangled in the Prince George’s County jail.

White’s death was initially ruled a homicide by the medical examiner, but a state police investigation later concluded that White could have killed himself.

McIntosh was charged with lying to law enforcement officials investigating White’s death. Prosecutors allege that McIntosh found White unresponsive, but did not inform others and led investigators to believe that another guard first found him.

White’s family filed a lawsuit against Prince George’s County seeking more than $153 million in damages. The suit, according to court documents, was settled last fall. Court records indicate that White’s family received a $500,000 civil settlement.  A spokesman for the county did not return a message seeking comment, and an attorney for White’s mother did not respond to a request for comment.

 Staff writer Matt Zapotosky contributed to this report.

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