- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 3, 2017

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - Three former Louisiana law enforcement officials face years in prison for violating an inmate’s civil rights by beating him.

U.S. District Judge Donald E. Walter on Tuesday sentenced former Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Lt. Col. Gerald Savoy to seven years and three months in prison. That’s the longest sentence so far in the investigation of the south Louisiana agency.

The jail’s former warden, Wesley Hayes, received two years and 10 months and his brother, former Assistant Warden Jesse Hayes, received two years. The sentences begin June 5.

Acting Assistant Attorney General Tom Wheeler said in a statement Wednesday that they sanctioned a “culture of inmate abuse and flagrant disregard for the laws they swore an oath to uphold.”

Seven others have received terms ranging from six months to 4½ years.

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