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Former corrections officer sentenced

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WASHINGTON, D. C (Mississippi News Now) -

A former corrections officer has been sentenced to one year in federal prison and ordered to pay $6,000 restitution for ordering the beating of an inmate, in violation of federal civil rights laws.

Thirty-five year old Kenny McLaughlin, a corrections officer at the Stone County Regional Correctional Facility, pleaded guilty on March 29 to willfully violating the civil rights of persons in his custody.

According to court documents filed in connection with his guilty plea, on May 12, 2008, McLaughlin, while working as a corrections officer, ordered an inmate to arrange an unwarranted assault on another inmate. 

As a result of McLaughlin's order, the victim was assaulted by two fellow inmates in a shower area. McLaughlin was aware of the assault as it happened but did not notify any other officer or medical personnel of the assault. The victim suffered cuts to his face, bruises to his chest and fractured ribs.

"Every citizen has the right to expect law enforcement officers to act legally and in accordance with the United States Constitution.  Former Corrections Officer McLaughlin's actions were inexcusable and should serve as a reminder that no one is above the law," said U. S. Attorney for the Southern District of Mississippi Gregory K. Davis.

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