- Associated Press - Thursday, May 8, 2014

POPLARVILLE, Miss. (AP) - The state Court of Appeals has upheld the conviction Matthew Thomas Rickman in the beating of a corrections officer at the Pearl River County jail.

Rickman was convicted of aggravated assault of a law enforcement officer in 2013. He was sentenced to serve 30 years in prison as a habitual offender.

Prosecutors say the officer had several broken bones, including a broken hip, and a permanent eye injury.

The beating was videotaped. The tape was played at Rickman’s trial.

In his appeal, Rickman argued prosecutors didn’t prove his guilt.

The Appeals Court, in Tuesday’s decision, said prosecutors had the video-surveillance footage and Rickman’s in-court admission to beating the jailer, as well as testimony from the victim, to support Rickman’s conviction.

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