Prison Guards Convicted of Beating Inmates

After a nine week trial and ten days of deliberations, three former federal prison guards at Colorado's maximum security federal prison in Florence, Colorado have been convicted of inmate beatings. Four were acquitted.

The guards were known as "The Cowboys."

The seven guards were charged with organizing attacks on inmates...Some were accused of kicking shackled prisoners, smashing their heads into walls and mixing human waste into their food. Three other guards previously pleaded guilty in the case....Prosecutors said the defendants fabricated records and other evidence in a cover-up and pressured fellow officers to keep quiet.

52 acts of abuse against 20 or more inmates were included in the Indictment. The convicted guards face up to ten years in prison on each count.

Update: The convicted guards have been sentenced to three plus years in federal prison.

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