Two former jail employees sentenced in abuse case

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Two former employees of Lexington-Fayette
County Detention Center have been sentenced for their parts in
prisoner abuse.
The U.S. Justice Department says 47-year-old Scott Tyree, who is
a former officer at the jail, was ordered to serve 18 months in
prison and two years of supervised release. U.S. District Judge
Karen Caldwell also ordered 35-year-old Anthony Estep, a former
sergeant and supervisor, to a year in prison and a year of
supervised release.
Both men pleaded guilty a year ago, and Tyree testified against
two co-defendants who were convicted three weeks ago. Tyree pleaded
guilty to conspiring to deprive detainees of their constitutional
rights by physically abusing them and by writing false and
misleading incident reports to conceal the abuse. Estep pleaded
guilty to a civil right charge for failing to intervene and to
obstruction of justice. Another defendant was sentenced last fall
to a year in prison after pleading guilty.

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