SCI-Pittsburgh guard arrested, charged with threatening another in Robinson

Bob Bauder
| Thursday, Aug. 4, 2011

A guard suspended from his job at the Woods Run state prison was charged Wednesday with threatening and stalking another guard and his wife during a confrontation triggered by an ongoing state investigation of alleged prison staff misconduct.

Tory D. Kelly, 39, of Hopewell, Beaver County, showed up outside the Robinson home of Curtis and Michele Hoffman on Tuesday in a rage, screaming obscenities and accusing Curtis Hoffman of "talking … behind his back," according to a criminal complaint filed by a detective with the Allegheny County District Attorney's Office. Curtis Hoffman also works as a guard at SCI-Pittsburgh.

Kelly left after Michele Hoffman, who witnessed the confrontation, told him she was calling the police, the complaint said.

Kelly is in the Allegheny County Jail this morning awaiting arraignment, according to the district attorney's office.

Investigators with the state Department of Corrections Office of Special Investigations previously questioned Curtis Hoffman about the alleged staff misconduct, and Kelly was one of several guards suspended last year as a result of that probe, the complaint said.

A union representing the prison guards previously reported that a total of eight guards were suspended. The corrections department also has replaced the prison superintendent and several high-ranking officers.

Hoffman told the state investigators that another guard told him that Kelly previously threatened Hoffman's life, saying he "had a .50-caliber bullet with Hoffman's name on it," according to the complaint.

Kelly was charged with simple assault, witness retaliation, terroristic threats and stalking.

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