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Former guard sentenced for conspiring to assault inmates

September 9, 2021 GMT

MIAMI (AP) — A former Florida prison guard has been sentenced to two years and nine months in prison for conspiring to assault young inmates at a South Florida facility.

Terrance Reynolds, 31, was sentenced Wednesday in Miami federal court, according to court records. He was convicted last year of conspiring to commit civil rights violations.

Reynolds and another former guard, Brendan Butler, were working at the South Florida Reception Center in March 2017 when they instructed three youthful offenders to exit their housing unit and go into a mop closet, prosecutors said. Once inside, Reynolds and Butler assaulted one of the inmates with a stick, investigators said. The following day, Reynolds and Butler assaulted one of the other inmates to punish him for being disrespectful, officials said.

Butler was previously sentenced to two years in prison after pleading guilty to conspiring to violate the inmates’ civil rights.

Inmates may be classified as youthful offenders by a court or the Department of Corrections, and are generally 24 years old or younger.