Former Illinois Prison Guard Convicted of Violating Civil Rights of Beaten Inmate

Former Illinois Prison Guard Convicted of Violating Civil Rights of Beaten Inmate

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – A former Illinois prison guard could face life in prison after a jury found him guilty of violating the civil rights of a 65-year-old inmate who died after correctional officers beat him in a lockup more than four years ago.

A six-man, six-woman jury deliberated about three hours Tuesday before returning guilty verdicts on five counts against ex-correctional Lt. Todd Sheffler, 54, of Mendon.

Sheffler is the second ex-guard convicted in the death of Larry Earvin in May 2018. A separate jury convicted Alex Banta, 30, of similar charges in April.

That jury could not reach a verdict on Sheffler, so the government tried him again.

The beating took place at Western Illinois Correctional Center in Mount Sterling. But Earvin was subsequently transferred to Centralia Correctional Center where he later died from his injuries.

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