FULTON COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) – According to court records, a former deputy jailer with the Fulton County Detention Center was sentenced Thursday for repeatedly tasing an inmate.
The Department of Justice says 54-year-old James Eakes was sentenced to two years in prison and one year of supervised release.
Prosecutors say Eakes deprived “an inmate of the right to be free from cruel and unusual punishment.”
According to evidence and testimony, Eakes repeatedly tased the inmate after the inmate cursed at him. Court records say Eakes was first called to the inmate’s cell because the inmate told guards he was suicidal.
Court records say Eakes and two other female deputy jailers then removed all of the inmate’s possessions from his cell and made him strip naked. They say Eakes left the cell and closed the door.
According to testimony, after the inmate was locked in his cell, he cursed at Eakes from behind the cell door. Records say Eakes then ordered that the door be unlocked and immediately shot the inmate with his taser.
Court records say despite the fact that the inmate took no aggressive action towards Eakes and remained slumped against the cell wall, Eakes tased the inmate two more times.