ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (AP) -- A former North Carolina sheriff's deputy has pleaded guilty to federal charges he beat a handcuffed jail inmate.
Ex-Hertford County Chief Deputy Timothy Lassiter pleaded guilty Tuesday in U.S. District Court to one count of deprivation of rights under color of law.
Prosecutors say Lassiter beat Troy Powell after the inmate caused a disturbance during a June 2012 court appearance, resulting in bodily injuries. Authorities say Powell was handcuffed and posed no threat.
Powell was awaiting trial for damaging property, driving with a revoked license and two counts of resisting a public officer. He was later convicted of malicious conduct by a prisoner and sentenced to 2 1/2 years in state prison.
Lassiter faces up to 10 years in federal prison. He is set to be sentenced Sept. 9.