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A former correctional officer in the Illinois Department of Corrections will serve time in federal prison for violating an inmate’s civil rights, according to a news release from Donald S. Boyce, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois.

Dustin A. Fleming, 31, of Du Quoin, was sentenced Monday to four months in prison. Fleming pleaded guilty July 18 to an information charging him with assaulting and causing bodily injury to a handcuffed inmate Oct. 15, 2016, at the Pinckneyville Correctional Center by choking, punching, kneeing and kicking the inmate without any legal justification.

Fleming’s employment with the Illinois Department of Corrections was terminated following his guilty plea.

— The Southern

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