- Associated Press - Friday, October 30, 2015

ABERDEEN, Miss. (AP) - A former Tate County law enforcement officer has pleaded guilty to unlawfully tasing an inmate at the county jail.

Federal prosecutors said Lt. Randy T. Doss, 63, entered the plea Thursday. U.S. District Judge Michael P. Mills set sentencing for Feb. 18, 2016. It was not immediately known how much time he could face.

The tasing occurred in 2012 as officers conducted a jail-wide search after an inmate was reportedly assaulted with a razor. The pre-trial detainee, identified as J.W. in court documents, was standing against a wall with his hands over his head - not posing a threat to anyone - when Doss tased him from 11 feet away. The man fell backward, hit his head on the concrete floor and fractured his skull.

“The actions of the defendant are reprehensible and inexcusable,” said U.S. Attorney Felicia C. Adams of the Northern District of Mississippi. “He abused his authority, violated the law and the public trust.”

Doss had more than 20 years of experience in law enforcement and had been certified to train others on the proper use of force, including how to use a Taser.

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