WASHINGTON, D.C. (WTVQ) – A former Louisville corrections officer pleaded guilty Thursday to beating a handcuffed inmate.
The Justice Department says 22-year-old Devan Edwards admitted he and another officer removed an inmate from a cell, handcuffed him, and took him to a holding cell outside the view of surveillance cameras.
Edwards says another officer grabbed the inmate by the neck and started to strangle him, even though he was handcuffed, seated, and not resisting. The Justice Department says Edwards and the other officer then punched the inmate in the head, until a third officer stopped them.
Prosecutors also accused Edwards of writing a report that didn’t mention the beating, but exaggerated the inmate’s resistance.
Edwards faces a possible ten years in prison and a $250,000 fine.