Officers plead guilty in roles of inmate beating
NEW IBERIA- Three former and two current employees of the Iberia Parish Sheriff's Office have pleaded guilty to their roles in the beating of an inmate at an Iberia Parish jail.
The U.S. Attorney's Office announced Tuesday that 46-year-old Robert E. Burns, 34-year-old Byron Benjamin Lassalle, 40-year-old Wade Bergeron, 35-year-old Bret Klein Broussard and 36-year-old Wesley Hayes each pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count of deprivation of civil rights. Lassalle and Hayes also pleaded guilty to one count of civil rights conspiracy.
The U.S. Attorney's Office did not indicate the circumstances surround the pleas.
Iberia Parish Sheriff Louis Ackal said in April that federal authorities subpoenaed a videotape showing Iberia Parish corrections officer David Prejean hitting an kicking an inmate in 2012.
Each defended, except Burns, faces 10 years in prison.
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