Louisiana Correctional Officer Pleads Guilty to Covering up Assault on an Inmate
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Jason Giroir, 35, a former correctional officer with the Louisiana State Penitentiary (LSP) in Angola, La., pleaded guilty today before U.S. District Judge James J. Brady for the Middle District of Louisiana for his role in covering up an incident in which correctional officers used excessive force against an inmate. Giroir admitted filing a false report and subsequently providing false information to the FBI about the incident. Investigation of the incident is ongoing.
As a result of his guilty plea, Giroir faces a statutory maximum sentence of 25 years.
“Instead of lawfully carrying out his critical public safety responsibilities, Mr. Giroir covered up the violent actions of other officers,” said Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division Roy Austin. “The Justice Department will continue to vigorously prosecute officers who cross the line and engage in criminal misconduct.”
In a related case before Judge Brady, former LSP Officer Kevin Groom entered a guilty plea.
To read more, click here: http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2013/May/13-crt-617.html