Jun 17, 2014 6:30 PM by Letitia Walker
Four former Lafayette Parish Sheriff's deputies were booked and have already bonded out of jail on charges of second degree battery and malfeasance in office.
Troopers say in late April, they were contacted by Lafayette Parish Sheriff Mike Neustrom and were asked to conduct an investigation into four of his former deputies. The Sheriff allegedly informed detectives that when the former deputies were still employed, an inmate was hospitalized with injuries he possibly received while housed at the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center.
Troopers say their investigation revealed that in the early morning hours of April 8, 2014, an inmate in the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center was causing a disturbance in his cell.
Troopers say the deputies, 33 year old Michael McSheffrey, and 28 year old Brandon Gallien, entered the cell and struck the inmate an "excessive" number of times. Two other deputies, 28 year old Adrian Theriot and 33 year old Scarla Celestine, allegedly watched and failed to stop the other deputies. Troopers say the inmate sustained serious bodily injury which required him to spend several days in a local hospital. All four deputies allegedly failed to report the incident accurately to supervisors.
The former deputies turned themselves in to detectives at the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center.
They were charged as follows:
Michael McSheffrey, 2nd Degree Battery and Malfeasance in Office
Brandon Gallien, 2nd Degree Battery and Malfeasance in Office
Adrian Theriot, Principle to 2nd Degree Battery and Malfeasance in Office
Scarla Celestine, Principle to 2nd Degree Battery and Malfeasance in Office