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Former Crittenden County deputy sentenced for prisoner beating

WEST MEMPHIS, Ark. (AP) - A former Crittenden County sheriff's deputy has been given a one year and a day prison sentence for beating a prisoner in his care.

Shannon Houchin of West Memphis pleaded guilty in June to a civil rights charge in the beating of Joshua Williams. The sentence was imposed in federal court today.

A federal indictment against Houchin claimed that the former deputy also filed a fake report about the May 2006 incident, saying Williams swung at him and had to be forced to the ground and subdued with pepper spray. The indictment also says Houchin lied in a statement to FBI investigators.

According to the indictment, Williams did not in fact attempt to hit Houchin in the cell and was not combative in the cell.

Houchin had faced a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

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