5 years for conspiracy: used pepper spray in inmates’ eyes

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A former prison guard captain has been sentenced to five years in prison for plotting to abuse inmates at a privately run federal prison in north Louisiana.

Roderick Douglas admitted spraying pepper spray into the eyes of two kneeling, handcuffed inmates, then passing the can to other guards at Richwood Correctional Center.

His statement was part of a guilty plea in February to conspiracy to violate the inmates’ civil rights.

Four other guards pleaded guilty to conspiring to cover up wrongdoing. Two have been sentenced. One is scheduled for sentencing July 18. Charges against the fourth were dropped because he died before sentencing.

Assistant U.S. Attorney General Eric Dreiband says the sentencing shows the Civil Rights Division’s commitment to prosecuting those “who inflict cruel and unusual punishment against inmates.”

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