Two Mississippi correctional officers were charged with beating an inmate and a third has been charged with helping to cover it up.
28-year-old Lawardrick Marsher and 47-year-old Robert Sturdivant, two officers at Parchman Prison, are charged with kicking, punching and throwing the victim, a convicted prisoner, to the ground.
Marsher and Sturdivant are being charged with violating the right of a convicted prisoner to be free from cruel and unusual punishment. Sturdivant was also charged with failing to intervene while Marsher was punching and beating the victim.
The indictment alleges that they used a dangerous weapon and the beating resulted in bodily injury to the victim.
A third officer, 23-year-old Deonte Pate, is charged along with Marsher and Sturdivant for conspiring to cover up the beating. Authorities with the Department of Justice say that all three officers submitted false reports and lied to the FBI.
If convicted, Marsher and Sturdivant face a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison on the excessive force charges.
Each of the three officers faces up to five years in prison on the conspiracy and false statement charges and up to 20 years in prison on the false report charges.
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