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FBI looking into alleged inmate beatings

HERNANDO, Miss. (AP) - DeSoto County officials are confirming an FBI investigation into allegations of inmate beatings at the county jail.

Lent Rice, commander of the sheriff's department Internal Affairs Bureau, says at one least one jailer has been fired.

Rice says files have been turned over to the FBI and local officials are cooperating with the investigation.

Rice declined to identify any of the prisoners allegedly beaten, and he refused to name any officers connected with the allegations.

Rice says the allegations concern a jailer who was fired about a month ago.

Information from: The Commercial Appeal, http://www.commercialappeal.com

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