Prison Guard at Angola Convicted of Violent Assault of Shackled, Handcuffed Man

A prison guard was found guilty Thursday in federal court for beating a man who was shackled, handcuffed, and not resisting, at the Louisiana State Penitentiary, popularly known as Angola.

The prison guard, Daniel Davis, 41, was convicted of conspiring in a previous trial with other guards to cover up the incident. James Savoy, John Sanders, Scotty Kennedy, and Willie Thomas, all plead guilty for their roles in the beating. Sanders and Kennedy testified for the government and described the abuse and cover up.

A jury convicted Davis of depriving the man of his right to be free from cruel and unusual punishment. Evidence showed Davis began by yanking on chains around the man’s ankles, causing him to fall face first onto the concrete. Then Davis and the other guards punched, kicked, and stomped on the man, leaving him with a collapsed lung, a dislocated shoulder, broken ribs, and large gashes on his face.

A sentencing date for Davis has not been set. He faces a maximum sentence of five years in jail for conspiracy and perjury, ten years for the excessive force charge, and 20 years for each obstruction charge.



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