For­mer guard at Louisiana prison con­victed in in­mate beat­ing

Texarkana Gazette - - ACROSS SOUTH -

BA­TON ROUGE, La.—A for­mer high-rank­ing of­fi­cial at Louisiana's max­i­mum-se­cu­rity prison has been found guilty of beat­ing an in­mate who was hand­cuffed, shack­led and not re­sist­ing.

The U.S. Depart­ment of Jus­tice says a fed­eral jury con­victed for­mer Maj. Daniel Davis, 41, of Lo­r­anger, on Thurs­day of will­fully de­priv­ing the Louisiana State Pen­i­ten­tiary in­mate of his right to be free from cruel and un­usual pun­ish­ment.

Ev­i­dence showed Davis ini­ti­ated the beat­ing by yank­ing the in­mate's leg chains, caus­ing him to fall face-first onto the con­crete breeze­way. At that point, Davis and other of­fi­cers punched, kicked, and stomped on the in­mate, leav­ing him with a bloody gash un­der his eye, a dis­lo­cated shoul­der, bro­ken ribs, and a col­lapsed lung.

In Jan­uary, Davis was con­victed of con­spir­ing with other of­fi­cers to cover up the beat­ing by de­vis­ing a false cover story, sub­mit­ting false re­ports doc­u­ment­ing that story, tam­per­ing with wit­nesses, and ly­ing un­der oath. Four other of­fi­cers pleaded guilty to their roles in the in­ci­dent and two of them tes­ti­fied at Davis' trial.

A sen­tenc­ing date has not been set. Davis faces up to five years in prison for con­spir­acy and per­jury, 10 years for ex­ces­sive force and 20 years for ob­struc­tion of jus­tice.

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