The New York Daily News reports Captain Raphael Collazzo will be suspended 10 days without pay for making an unexplained 45-minute visit with Lil Wayne. The Grammy Award winning rapper was placed in an isolated, solitary cell on October 4 after being caught with an MP3 player.
“I spoke to the captain and I said, ‘Do you know what’s going on?’” Captain’s Correction Union President Patrick Ferraiuolo told the Post. “He goes: ‘I have done nothing wrong…I don’t have any dealings with this guy.’”
Collazo is the third Riker’s officer to be disciplined for matters related to Lil Wayne. In April, Amelia Negron was accused of trying to enter Wayne’s cell and get a closer look at him. Negron denied the charges, was subsequently fired, and made mention of filing a federal lawsuit on the grounds of harassment and discrimination.
In September, investigators questioned Captain Latanya Brown for spending additional time with the rapper. Brown allegedly allowed Wayne to stay in his cell while other inmates were locked out of their bunks and ordered into the recreation yard.
The Post quotes unnamed sources saying Collazzo’s explanation “did not suffice to explain the time he spent” in Lil Wayne’s cell. Pending any additional disciplinary measures, Lil Wayne will be released from Riker’s Island on November 4, having completed eight months of a one-year prison sentence.