- Associated Press - Thursday, March 3, 2016

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Ark. (AP) - A former jail administrator in northern Arkansas has pleaded guilty to a federal charge of violating an inmate’s civil rights.

Former Stone County jail administrator Randel Branscum pleaded guilty Wednesday to the charge. In court records, Branscum admitted instructing two inmates to assault another inmate who was reportedly being unruly in the “felony pod” of the jail. Federal prosecutors say the inmate was repeatedly struck and his head was punched into a window sill.

Branscum’s plea deal with prosecutors calls for a sentence of one year and one day in prison, but he will be formally sentenced at a later date.

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