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Ex-jailer pleads guilty in beating

OGLETHORPE, Ga. — Emmett McKenzie, 31, of Montezuma, formerly a sergeant at Macon State Prison in Oglethorpe, pleaded guilty to conspiring with other correctional officers to violate the civil rights of an inmate in 2010, the U.S. Justice Department reported Thursday.

McKenzie, who also served as a lieutenant at Dooly State Prison in Unadilla, pleaded guilty in the inmate’s beating, the report stated. Knowing that guards beat the inmate and would continue to beat the inmate, McKenzie left the gym where the beating went on, the report added.

McKenzie told prison supervisors about the beating, but they took no action to stop it, according to the report. McKenzie faces a maximum five years in prison. The investigation is ongoing.