Sentencing Delayed in Inmate Death Case

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- A federal judge has postponed the sentencing of four former Alabama prison employees connected to the beating death of an inmate.

The sentencing had been set for Sept. 23. But U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson conferred with the defense and prosecution late last week and issued an order Monday delaying the sentencing until Oct. 28.

The delay will give attorneys on both sides more time to file briefs.

A former shift supervisor at Ventress Correctional Facility in Clayton, Michael Smith, was convicted of violating inmate Rocrast Mack's rights by fatally beating him. Three other former Ventress employees pleaded guilty to lesser charges.

Mack died at a Montgomery hospital in August 2010. Testimony showed he had been repeatedly beaten with a baton and stomped.

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