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Federal prison guard guilty of kicking inmate in head

April 22, 2017

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — Prosecutors in Southern California say a federal prison guard has pleaded guilty to kicking a handcuffed inmate in the head and then lying about it.

Thirty-four-year-old Cynthia Flores was convicted Friday in Riverside.

Federal prosecutors say Flores worked for the Federal Bureau of Prisons and was supervising inmates at a women’s prison camp in Victorville in June 2013 when she “initiated a physical altercation” with an inmate.

They say another jail guard handcuffed the woman and then Flores kicked her in the head.

Prosecutors say Flores lied and said the inmate had attacked her and failed to disclose that she used any force.

As part of a plea deal, prosecutors recommended Flores serve no more than 18 months behind bars.

Flores’ attorney did not immediately respond Friday afternoon to a request for comment.