Former jail deputy sentenced to 4 years in prison

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HICKMAN, Ky. (AP) – Authorities say a former deputy jailer in western Kentucky has been sentenced to 4 years in prison for using a stun gun to punish a suicidal inmate for cursing.

The FBI said in a statement that 54-year-old James Eakes received the sentence Thursday for willfully depriving the inmate of his constitutional right to be free from cruel and usual punishment.

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The former deputy jailer with the Fulton County Detention Center in Hickman was convicted last year.

According to evidence and testimony, Eakes used a Taser on the inmate three times because the inmate cursed at him.