- Associated Press - Thursday, October 2, 2014

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) - A former Larimer County jail deputy has acknowledged using excessive force on an inmate.

The Coloradoan reports (http://noconow.co/1nSTdr7 ) Simon Suarez pleaded guilty Thursday to a misdemeanor count of official oppression and was sentenced to a year of unsupervised probation. Attorney Eric James says his client “briefly lost composure” in July, “let an inmate get under his skin” and pushed him into a wall.

The inmate, who is still in custody, complained July 20 that Suarez used excessive force while transporting him from the jail’s booking area. The deputy was placed on paid administrative leave and resigned Aug. 15. He was never jailed.

Suarez, who says his use of force was a “brief loss of judgment,” must complete 36 hours of public service and an anger management course within 180 days.

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Information from: Fort Collins Coloradoan, http://www.coloradoan.com

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