Sentencing has been passed on three former Department of Corrections officers accused of hitting and kicking an inmate who was not resisting the attack and being struck by a pepper spray canister. Former MDOC employees Jessica Hill, LaToya Richardson, and Nicole Moore have been accused of excessive force against an inmate.
The sentence was handed down by Senior Judge Tom Lee as Richardson and Hill would receive two years and one month in Federal prison, with two years supervised release. Moore was sentenced to two years in prison and two years supervised release release and all were ordered to pay a $1500 fine, according to a news release from the DOJ.
“The defendants in this case ignored their sworn duty and chose violence instead”, U.S Attorney Todd W. Gee for the Southern District of Mississippi in a statement. The FBI Jackson Field Offices’ Special Agent in Charge, Jermica Fomby, ad stated that incarcerated people are guaranteed from harm by correctional officers charged with their care.
Article credit to the Winon Times, and Mina Corpuz of Mississippi today.
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