ADVERTISEMENT

Tennessee corrections officer accused of beating inmate

October 5, 2021 GMT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A former Tennessee corrections officer was arrested on Tuesday after he was accused of beating an inmate and falsifying a report.

An indictment unsealed on Tuesday alleges that on Aug. 30, 2019, Kenan Lister punched an inmate in the head, knocking him to the ground, and then repeatedly kicked and punched him. Lister then failed to seek medical care for the inmate and falsified a report on the incident, according to the U.S. attorney’s office in Nashville.

Lister, of Clarksville, was a security threat group coordinator at the Trousdale Turner Correctional Center at the time. He is charged with two counts of deprivation of rights under color of law and one count of obstructing justice, according to a news release. No attorney was listed for Lister in online court records as of Tuesday afternoon.

If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of 10 years for the civil rights charges and up to 20 years for the obstruction charge, as well as a fine of up to $250,000.