Jury Returns Guilty Verdict in Barbour County Inmate Beating Case.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- A federal jury has convicted a former prison supervisor of fatally beating an inmate and conspiring to cover it up.

The eight women and four men returned guilty verdicts Tuesday afternoon in Montgomery against former correctional Lt. Michael Smith of Auburn.

He was convicted of violating the constitutional rights of inmate Rocrast Mack by fatally beating him, conspiracy and obstruction of justice. He faces up to life in prison. U.S. District Judge Myron Thomson did not set a sentencing date.

Witnesses testified that Smith hit, kicked and stomped Mack in August 2010 at Ventress Correctional Facility in Clayton after Mack bloodied the lip of a female officer.

Two former correctional officers have pleaded guilty in the case and one is awaiting trial.


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