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Feb 22, 2013 7:41 PM by Tonya LaCoste

Inmates sentenced for assaulting prison guard

Two inmates have been sentenced for assaulting a Pollock prison guard. Johnny Layne, 31, Waynesboro, Va., and Paul Dimeo, 41, were sentenced to 240 months and 170 months in prison, respectively, for assaulting a federal officer. "Surveillance video captured Dimeo and Layne, inmates at the U.S. Penitentiary in Pollock, La., on April 29, 2012, approach a federal correctional officer. Dimeo punched the officer in the head, and the officer fell to the ground. Both inmates then repeatedly punched, kicked and stomped the facial area of the fallen officer for more than a minute," according to U.S. Attorney Stephanie Finley.

The officer's face is permanently damaged. "Prison officials perform dangerous jobs and work in difficult environments," Finley said. "Assaulting them is a serious offense that we do not take lightly. This case should send a message to anyone who would do harm to those who work in correctional facilities that they will face prosecution and stiff jail sentences," Finley said.





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