- Associated Press - Saturday, April 18, 2015

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) - Authorities say two former Florida Department of Corrections officers have pleaded guilty to conspiring to violate the civil rights of an inmate.

U.S. Attorney Pamela Marsh’s office says William F. Finch, 35, of Wauseau, and Dalton E. Riley, 24, of Bethlehem, pleaded guilty Thursday in Panama City federal Court.

The Tallahassee Democrat (http://on.tdo.com/1G4vjhD ) that another former corrections officer, Robert L. Miller, 48, pleaded guilty April 1 to the same charge.

According to an indictment, the officers assaulted inmate Jeremiah Tatum without justification and caused bodily harm in the August incident at the Northwest Florida Reception Center in Chipley.

The Democrat reports that three other officers also were charged in the assault.

Last fall, Florida corrections officials fired nearly 50 employees, including several over allegations that they punched and beat inmates.

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Information from: Tallahassee (Fla.) Democrat, http://www.tdo.com

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