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Friday, October 12, 2007

Man Pleads Guilty To 'Assualt With A Bible'

(AP) Mankato, Minn. A Blue Earth County jailer who hit a prisoner with a Bible in February has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor fifth-degree assault.

Under the plea agreement, two gross misdemeanor charges of mistreatment of a confined person and misconduct by a public officer filed against 56-year-old James Lee Sheppard were dismissed.

A jail surveillance video showed part of the February assault, which was investigated by a Mankato police officer after Sheppard reported it.

The investigating officer said the video showed Sheppard hitting the inmate with a book before grabbing him by the throat and slamming him against a set of steel bars.

According to the criminal complaint, the inmate said he was reading his Bible when Sheppard took it from him and hit him with it.

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