Jun 17, 2014 7:05 PM by Letitia Walker
Four former Lafayette Parish Sheriff's deputies are facing felony charges tonight. They're accused of using excessive force on an inmate at the parish jail.
Troopers were in charge of the investigation and say it all started when an inmate was reportedly causing a disturbance in his cell on April 8, 2014.
That's when 33-year-old Michael McSheffrey and 28-year-old Brandon Gallien, allegedly entered the cell and struck the inmate.
Troopers say they believed the inmate was hit quote an "excessive" number of times.
Those two deputies are facing second degree battery and malfeasance charges.
The two other deputies, 28-year-old Adrian Theriot and 33-year-old Scarla Celestine, allegedly watched the incident and didn't report it.
They're facing charges of principle to second degree battery and malfeasance in office.
The inmate reportedly had serious enough injuries to require several days in the hospital.
All of the former deputies were booked into the jail around the lunch hour and have since bonded out on a $3,000 bond.
The deputies ranged in experience from 3 1/2 to 7 1/2 years with the department.
Troopers say the sheriff asked them to come in and investigate after learning about the incident.
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