Two former Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies were sentenced to federal prison Monday for beating a mentally ill inmate and falsifying reports to cover up the attack, the latest department officials to face imprisonment in connection with the county’s jail abuse scandal.
Bryan Brunsting, 31, was ordered to spend 21 months in custody and Jason Branum, 35, was given five months, but U.S. District Judge George Wu ordered that they could remain free pending their appeals.
Their case revolved around allegations made by a former recruit who said he was only days on the job at the Twin Towers Correctional Facility on March 10, 2010, when he was summoned by his training officer, Brunsting, and told that an inmate had left his cell without permission and mouthed off to jail staff.
“We’re going to teach him a lesson,” Joshua Sather recalled Brunsting telling him.
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