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3 sentenced in beating of Angola inmate in 2010

3 years 9 months 1 week ago Friday, January 09 2015 Jan 9, 2015 January 09, 2015 8:46 AM January 09, 2015 in News
Source: Associated Press

BATON ROUGE - An Angola penitentiary guard who admitted to beating a handcuffed prisoner following a 2010 attempted escape has been sentenced to six years in prison by a Baton Rouge federal judge.

Mark David Sharp, 32, is the third former corrections officer to admit to federal charges in the beating of Roy McLaughlin of Baton Rouge. McLaughlin is serving a life sentence in the 1998 death of his wife.

The two other former officers at Angola who admitted to federal crimes are 47-year-old Kevin L. Groom Sr. and 29-year-old Matthew Cody Butler. The two former officers each pleaded guilty previously to their roles in trying to cover up the beating.

Groom was sentenced Thursday to a year of probation. Butler received two years' probation.

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