JACKSON, Tenn. (AP) — A former captain at the Northwest Correctional Complex in Tiptonville, Tenn., has pleaded guilty to violating the civil rights of an inmate and then lying about it during investigations.
Federal prosecutors said in a news release that Harold Hutcheson admitted Wednesday in U.S. District Court that on April 15, 2008, while working as a corrections officer at the prison, he repeatedly kicked a handcuffed inmate without provocation.
He also acknowledged that he obstructed justice when he provided false information about the incident to federal investigators.
Hutcheson faces a maximum sentence of six years in prison and a fine of up to $350,000.
Two other defendants pleaded guilty earlier and will be sentenced July 22.