Ex-Jail Guard to be Sentenced in Inmate Assault

Columbia, SC (WLTX) - A former Richland County Detention Center guard will be sentenced Wednesday in connection with an assault of an inmate.

Robin Smith plead guilty last December to federal charges of violating the rights of Robert Sweeper III, an inmate at the jail. Prosecutors said back on February 11th, 2012, Smith was conducting a routine check of Sweeper's cell. During the inspection, Smith twisted Sweeper's wrist and arm and kicked him in the upper body.

The victim had one hand in handcuffs at the time of the assault, and prosecutors concluded that the Sweeper posed no threat to Smith. Sweeper was hospitalized for his injuries.

Smith was fired by the county after the incident. Sweeper filed a lawsuit against the county, calling for them to pay his medical bills and asking for punitive damages.


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