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Ex-sheriff’s deputy pleads guilty in jail beating case

March 2, 2018

LAFEYETTE, La. (AP) — A former supervisor at a Louisiana sheriff’s office has pleaded guilty to a charge stemming from a prisoner’s beating.

Court records show that Mark Frederick, formerly a captain at the Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office, faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison following his guilty plea on Friday to one count of deprivation of rights under color of law.

Federal prosecutors say Frederick chose not to intervene when other deputies assaulted a prisoner in the chapel at the parish jail in September 2011.

A sentencing date wasn’t immediately set for Frederick, a 47-year-old resident of St. Martinville.

In 2016, a jury acquitted Iberia Parish Sheriff Louis Ackal of related charges that accused him of ordering the beatings of prisoners and orchestrating a cover-up.

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