Metro-East News

Prison guard pleads guilty to choking, punching handcuffed inmate

A correctional officer pleaded guilty Tuesday to choking, punching, kneeing and kicking a handcuffed inmate at the Pinckneyville Correctional Center in October 2016, according to district court officials.

Dustin A. Fleming, 30, of DuQuoin, has been on administrative leave from the Illinois Department of Corrections since the assault occurred.

He was charged with depriving the inmate of his civil rights when he assaulted him “without any legal justification,” according to a release from Donald Boyce, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois.

Fleming will be sentenced Oct. 18 at the United States District Courthouse in Benton.

He faces up to 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release.