- Associated Press - Friday, January 9, 2015

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - An Angola penitentiary guard who pleaded guilty to beating a handcuffed prisoner following a 2010 attempted escape was sentenced Thursday to six years in prison by a Baton Rouge federal judge.

The Advocate reports (https://bit.ly/1xYIr48 ) that Mark David Sharp, 32, is the third former corrections officer to plead guilty to federal charges in the beating of Roy McLaughlin of Baton Rouge. McLaughlin is serving a life sentence in the 1998 death of his wife.

Sharp had faced up to 15 years in prison.

Two other former officers at the Angola prison also were sentenced Thursday. Kevin L. Groom Sr., 47, and Matthew Cody Butler, 29, each pleaded guilty previously to their roles in trying to cover up the beating.

Groom was sentenced to a year of probation Butler received two years’ probation.

Federal prosecutors said McLaughlin tried to escape and shortly after the three men joined the search, he surrendered. The three officers were then taking McLaughlin to a medical facility in the back of a pickup when Sharp repeatedly beat the captured inmate with a baton.

Sharp pleaded guilty to violating the civil rights of the inmate and to making false statements to the FBI. Groom pleaded guilty to falsifying records in a federal investigation and making false statements to the FBI. Butler pleaded guilty to misprision of a felony.

Another former officer, Jason Giroir, pleaded guilty in 2013 to falsifying a report and making a false statement to the FBI. He will be sentenced on Jan. 29.


Information from: The Advocate, https://theadvocate.com

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