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Corrections officer pleads guilty to ordering inmate assault

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

A corrections officer at the Stone County Regional Facility pleaded guilty Friday in federal court to ordering the beating of an inmate.

According to court documents, on May 12, 2008, 35-year-old Kenny McLaughlin ordered an inmate to arrange an assault on another inmate. As a result of McLaughlin's order, the victim was assaulted by two fellow inmates in the shower area of the cellblock.

McLaughlin was aware of the assault as it happened, but did not notify any other officer or medical personnel. The victim suffered fractured ribs, cuts to his face and bruises to his chest.

"Law enforcement officers do not have the right to order that an individual, whether incarcerated or not, be beaten by others," said Deputy Assistant Attorney General Roy L. Austin Jr. of the Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division.  "The Justice Department is committed to prosecuting law enforcement officers who violate the constitutional rights of individuals in their custody."

The statutory maximum sentence for this offense is 10 years in prison. Sentencing is scheduled for June 26, 2013.

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