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Fri July 2, 2010

Prison Guard Sentenced

Oklahoma City, OK – Ex-guards sentenced in Oklahoma inmate death

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Two former Oklahoma County jail guards have been sentenced to federal prison in connection with the death of an inmate.

Twenty-three-year-old Justin Isch of Edmond was sentenced Wednesday to six months for using excessive force on inmate Christopher Beckman of Choctaw. Twenty-nine-year-old William Hawthorn was sentenced Thursday to eight months for lying to the FBI and a federal grand jury about the abuse.

Beckman died May 28, 2007, two days after fighting with guards in his cell. Authorities say Beckman either suffered or faked a seizure.

Former guard Gavin Littlejohn was found not guilty in December of violating Beckman's civil rights and causing his death.

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Information from: The Oklahoman, http://www.newsok.com

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