CLEVELAND (AP) — Two corrections officers at a troubled county jail in Cleveland were sentenced Wednesday for the beating of a mentally ill inmate strapped to a restraint chair.
Nicholas Evans, 35, received nine months in prison. Timothy Dugan, 50, who agreed to testify at other trials involving Cuyahoga County corrections officers, received 10 days in jail, cleveland.com reported.
Both men previously pleaded guilty to charges in the beating of Terrence Debose in March 2019 while Debose was having a mental health crisis. They apologized to Debose on Wednesday and are expected to resign as guards at a jail cited for its inhumane conditions by the U.S. Marshals Service in November 2018.
Debose on Wednesday called the sentences a “slap on the wrist.” A jail surveillance video of the beating was shown in court.
“If you look at that video, and you say that was justice, you’re not a human,” Debose said.
Debose was taken to the jail’s medical unit after the attack, was given Tylenol and was sent back to his cell, said Matthew Meyer, an assistant Ohio attorney general. He wasn’t seen by a doctor until a week later and was then hospitalized for post-concussion symptoms.
Meyer called the attack on Debose “torture.”