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Former OK Guard Sentenced to 21 Months in Federal Prison

In January 2009, former Oklahoma guard Jarrod Yates was sentenced to 21 months in federal prison for punching, kneeing, and stomping an arrestee on his head and face, causing serious injuries, in violation of the arrestee’s civil rights.

The beating occurred at the Sequoyah County Jail in Sallisaw, Oklahoma, in June 2006.

Said Acting Assistant Attorney General Grace Chung Becker, “While we appreciate corrections officers have dangerous jobs, that doesn’t give them license to abuse their authority with this kind of physical violence.”

Source: U.S. Department of Justice, Jan. 14, 2009

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