Columbia, SC (WLTX) - A former jail guard has been sentenced to two years in prison for his role in the assault of an inmate under his supervision.
The punishment against Robin Smith was issued Wednesday morning at the federal courthouse in downtown Columbia. Smith was also ordered to pay $27,803 in restitution to the victim.
Prosecutors say on February 11th, 2012, Smith was conducting a routine check of the cell of Robert Sweeper IIII, and inmate at the Richland County Detention Center. 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 Sweeper posed no threat to Smith. Sweeper was hospitalized for his injuries.
Smith was fired by the county after the incident. He plead guilty last December to federal charges of violating Sweeper's rights.
After the assault, Sweeper filed a lawsuit against the county, calling for them to pay his medical bills and asking for punitive damages.