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Former federal prison officers sentenced for inmate assaults at Big Sandy Penitentiary

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Inez, Kentucky - Two ex-correctional officers from the Federal Bureau of Prisons have received prison sentences for their involvement in the physical assaults of inmates at the U.S. Penitentiary Big Sandy. Samuel J. Patrick, aged 41, and Clinton L. Pauley, aged 42, faced charges for attacking federal inmates and conspiring with their supervisor to conceal the incidents.


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  • Samuel J. Patrick is sentenced to 36 months in prison and one year of supervised release.
  • Clinton L. Pauley receives a 40-month prison term followed by one year of supervised release.
  • Both men pleaded guilty to the charges and provided testimony against a third officer.
  • Incident on March 30, 2021: An inmate was pepper-sprayed and kicked for being slow. Witnesses confirmed the inmate posed no threat and was compliant.
  • Incident on April 29, 2021: A second inmate seeking protection was elbowed and punched. After disclosing past gang affiliations, he was derogatorily called a "race traitor" and hit repeatedly.
  • Pauley also admitted to assaulting another inmate on March 26, 2021.
  • On both assault dates, Lieutenant Kevin C. Pearce witnessed the acts and assisted in cover-up efforts.
    • Pearce wrote false reports, supported false narratives, and pressured others to lie.
    • Found guilty of writing false reports, Pearce awaits sentencing on December 5.


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