- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 25, 2015

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - Federal prosecutors say a former Iberia Parish sheriff’s deputy has pleaded guilty to striking a man who was handcuffed.

On Tuesday, U.S. Attorney Stephanie A. Finley said 29-year-old Cody Laperouse, of New Iberia, pleaded guilty to a one-count bill of information charging him with a violation of an individual’s civil rights by use of excessive force.

Prosecutors say Laperouse was a sheriff’s deputy when he struck a man under arrest who was on the ground with his hands cuffed behind him.

The incident happened early on the morning of Sept. 29, 2013, as law enforcement officers sought to disperse a large crowd after the close of the Sugar Cane Festival in New Iberia.

Laperouse faces up to one year in prison, one year of supervised release and a $100,000 fine.

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