- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 1, 2014

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A former Belen police detective has pleaded guilty to using excessive force while arresting a man in 2012.

Prosecutors say 41-year-old John Lytle entered his plea Tuesday in federal court to violating an arrestee’s civil rights.

Lytle admitted to repeatedly striking a handcuffed man on March 15, 2012.

He also admitted to pulling the victim from the back of a police squad car, throwing him to the ground and striking him again.

Authorities say the man suffered injuries to his face and torso.

Under the terms of his plea agreement, Lytle will be sentenced to five years of probation and must pay restitution to the victim.

He also can’t work or seek future employment as a law enforcement officer in any capacity and must forfeit his law enforcement certification.

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