Corrections officer sentenced in inmate assault

A former corrections officer was sentenced on Tuesday to five years in prison for assaulting an inmate in 2008 in retaliation for a prior incident involving another officer, authorities said.

James Kalbflesh was a correctional officer at the Roxbury Correctional Institution in Hagerstown when he and other officers assaulted Kenneth Davis, an inmate, inside his cell on March 9, 2008, according to a statement from the U.S. Department of Justice.

Kalbflesh was previously found guilty by a federal jury of conspiracy against rights, deprivation of rights under color of law and conspiracy to obstruct justice.

Kalbflesh is the last of 16 former correctional officers convicted for the series of beatings of Davis, which left him "unrecognizable," the statement said. Davis suffered facial fractures, a broken rib and fractured vertebrae, among other injuries.

"These officers betrayed the public trust by using their official positions to commit violent civil rights abuses and then tried to cover up their crimes. The Department of Justice will continue to prosecute vigorously correctional officers who use their power to violate federal law," said Acting Assistant Attorney General Jocelyn Samuels for the Civil Rights Division in a statement.

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