On December 2, the Department of Justice announced two former Mississippi Department of Corrections officials were indicted for alleged excessive force against an inmate or “deprivation of rights under color of law.”

According to court documents, both Jessica Hill, a correctional officer at the Central Mississippi Correctional Facility (CMCF), and Nicole Moore, a CMCF case manager, used excessive force against an inmate. The defendants reportedly used dangerous weapons with their actions resulting in bodily injury.

According to the indictment, on July 11, 2019, Hill and Moore, “while aiding and abetting each other and others, willfully deprived L.C. of the right to be free from cruel and unusual punishment.” The indictment alleges that Hill punched and struck L.C. with a cannister, and that Moore kicked L.C., while L.C. was not resisting.  If convicted, the defendants each face a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.

An indictment is merely an allegation, and all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law. The attorneys at Chilivis Grubman represent clients in both criminal and civil matters in state and federal court. If you need assistance with such a matter, please contact us today.