BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — An Angola penitentiary guard who admitted to beating a handcuffed prisoner following a 2010 attempted escape has been sentenced to six years in prison by a Baton Rouge federal judge.

The Advocate reports that 32-year-old Mark David Sharp is the third former corrections officer to admit to federal charges in the beating of Roy McLaughlin of Baton Rouge. McLaughlin is serving a life sentence in the 1998 death of his wife.

The two other former officers at Angola who admitted to federal crimes are 47-year-old Kevin L. Groom Sr. and 29-year-old Matthew Cody Butler. The two former officers each pleaded guilty previously to their roles in trying to cover up the beating.

Groom was sentenced Thursday to a year of probation. Butler received two years' probation.


Information from: The Advocate,