POTOSI, Mo. (AP) -- A former eastern Missouri deputy sheriff has avoided jail time after his conviction for assaulting an inmate.
A judge on Thursday sentenced 56-year-old Vernon Wilson to a 180-day suspended sentence and placed him on probation for two years.
The Park Hills Daily Journal reports that Wilson was originally charged with a felony, second-degree assault. The charge was reduced to misdemeanor third-degree assault as part of a plea agreement.
Wilson was the former chief deputy for Washington County. At his sentencing hearing, former colleagues of Wilson testified they saw him slap the inmate, causing the inmate's head to hit the wall.
Wilson's attorney says Wilson admitted acting recklessly, calling it a rookie error and a mistake.
Information from: Daily Journal, http://dailyjournalonline.com
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