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Former correctional officer from Du Quoin sentenced to four months

Du Quoin Call
updated: 11/21/2017 3:26 PM

An ex-correctional officer from Du Quoin was sentenced Monday to four months in federal prison for violating the civil rights of an inmate at the Pinckneyville Correctional Center last year.

U.S. Attorney Donald S. Boyce says that Dustin A. Fleming, 31, received the sentence Monday in U.S. District Court in Benton. Fleming also faces two years of supervised release, as well as fines and assessments totaling $200.

Fleming faced up to a decade in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release.

Fleming pleaded guilty in July to an information charging him with assaulting an inmate at the Pinckneyville Correctional Center by choking, punching, kneeing and kicking the inmate without any legal justification.

The offense occurred Oct. 15, 2016, and Fleming was placed on administrative leave shortly afterward. He is no longer employed as a correctional officer.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney James M. Cutchin.