Deputy jailer convicted of assaulting inmate

Kentucky's overcrowded jails full of nonviolent offenders

PADUCAH, Ky. (WTVQ) – A federal jury in Paducah has convicted a deputy jailer at the Fulton County Detention Center of violating the civil rights of an inmate.

According to prosecutors, 54-year-old James Eakes and two other female deputy jailers went to the inmate’s cell because the inmate told guards he was suicidal.

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They removed all of inmate’s possessions from his cell and made him strip naked and put on a anti-suicide garment, which prosecutors say is standard jail procedure for suicidal inmates.

They say Eakes left the cell, closed the door and that’s when the inmate cursed at him.

Prosecutors say Eakes then went back into the cell and repeatedly tased the inmate even though the inmate was not being aggressive.

On Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Eakes was found guilty of willfully depriving the inmate of the right to be free from cruel and unusual punishment.

Eakes faces a maximum sentence of 10 years.

Sentencing has been scheduled for August 30.