Ex Jail Guard to Plead Guilty to Federal Charge

12:34 PM, Dec 9, 2013   |    comments
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MEG KINNARD
Associated Press

 
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A former Richland County jail guard has agreed to plead guilty to federal charges in a case connected to the jailhouse beating of a handcuffed homeless man.
 
Court documents show 38-year-old Robin Smith is scheduled to plead guilty next week to using excessive force. He faces up to 10 years in prison.
 
Smith was a guard at the Richland County jail when Robert Sweeper III was arrested in February on a trespassing charge. Court documents state that Smith admits that he went into Sweeper's cell, twisted his arm and kicked him. Previous Coverage: Man Beaten in Jail Sues Richland County
 
Sweeper spent months in the hospital recuperating from his injuries. Smith was fired, and county-level assault charges against him are still pending.
 
Sweeper's lawsuit against the county is ongoing. Smith's lawyer did not immediately respond to a message Monday.

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