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Former Wilcox County Jailer Pleads Guilty

MACON, Ga. (AP) -- Federal prosecutors say a former Wilcox County jailer has pleaded guilty to a charge related to the cover-up of an assault of three inmates.

The U.S. Department of Justice says 23-year-old Casey Owens on Tuesday admitted he was present at the assault of three inmates in July 2009.

Prosecutors say then Sheriff Stacy Bloodsworth and his son, Austin Bloodsworth, assaulted the inmates.

Prosecutors say Owens admitted that the sheriff instructed him and others to prepare false reports to cover up the assault and did not tell a federal judge or federal agents about the conspiracy to cover up the assault.

Owens faces up to three years in prison.

Two other men facing charges in the case have also pleaded.

The former sheriff and his son face several charges.


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