Former deputy jailer admits to assaulting inmate

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – A former supervisory deputy jailer at the Kentucky River Regional Jail pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court to assaulting an inmate without justification, according to prosecutors.

29-year old Matthew Amburgey admitted on October 10, 2011, he used excessive force against a pretrial detainee after he saw another Supervisory Deputy Jailer, Damon Hickman, assault the inmate with justification during the booking process, according to prosecutors.

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Hickman punched the inmate on the side of his head with such force that it broke his hand and caused the inmate’s ear to bleed, according to investigators.  Amburgey and other deputies then knocked the inmate to the ground and repeatedly kicked him.  Amburgey admitted he kicked the inmate without justification, according to prosecutors.

Hickman pleaded guilty last year for his role in a separate assault at the same jail, according to court records.  The victim of that assault died.

Amburgey faces up to 12-months in prison.  He is scheduled to be sentenced April 12, 2018, according to prosecutors.