A North Carolina corrections officer had a serious run-in with karma. Markeith Council was found guily of involuntary manslaughter after he was caught on camera beating an inmate to death. The inmate was Shon Demetrius McClain who was in prison for having an open container in public. McClain died of the head injuries that he sustained as a result of the attack. Now, Council is being sentenced to three months in the same prison where he had worked and carried out the brutal attack.
According to North Carolina law, a person can be found guilty of voluntary manslaughter if he kills someone “without malice, premeditation or deliberation.” Wake County Superior Court Judge Paul Gessner had orignally sentenced Council to 12 to 24 months in prison before he came up with the much shorter sentence – which may actually be even more harsh. In addition to spending 90 days in the prison where he once worked, Council was given three years of probation after he serves his time. Council must also submit a DNA sample, pay court costs, and a $1,000 fine.
“No matter what I do in this case, there will be people who are not going to like it,” Gessner said before handing down the sentence.
Security footage of the incident is graphic and should only be watched with caution. It shows the much larger Council grabbing McClain and twice throwing him to the ground. After being thrown to the ground the first time, McClan shows no sign of resistance and appears lifeless. At least a dozen other inmates looked on during the beating.
McClain died 13 days after the beating took place.
His family spoke out at the court hearing, “None of us are perfect,” said the victim’s sister Marlene Gilbert. “The problem I have with Mr. Council is he has not at one time showed remorse. My brother has kids. He was a loving father.” She added, “I made a decision to take him off life support the day after Father’s Day. I told my aunt, ‘Just wait. I am not going to let him die on Father’s Day.’”
She went on to criticize Council’s lack of remorse, “He never said ‘I didn’t mean to do it.’ He even tried to put Shon’s death on the doctors when he said in court ‘Maybe he didn’t get the care he needed.’”
Council told a court that he was the only correctional officer who was responsible for a cell block that included about 55 prisoners and McClain had become confrontational and was being egged on by other inmates. Council claimed that McClain had hit him. Council went on to say that he attempted to apprehend the inmate and call for backup.
(H/T: Dailymail, Newsobserver.com)