Former Mamou Police Chief Robert McGee was sentenced Thursday to spend one year and one day in federal prison for illegally using a stun gun on a jail detainee.
McGee’s sentence is the second handed down after a series of jail security videos were leaked to television stations in late 2014, leading to a federal criminal investigation. The videos, all dated 2010, showed Mamou police officers using stun guns on nonthreatening inmates in the town’s jail.
Along with four of McGee’s family members, the victim, George Gradney Jr., was present in the courtroom.
“Fortunately, justice has been somewhat served today,” Gradney said after the hearing.
U.S. District Judge Richard Haik provided a 30-day window for Gradney to provide any medical bills related to the incident, which McGee will be ordered to pay in $100-a-month installments once he’s released from prison. McGee will be on supervised release for as long as he owes restitution, Haik said in court.
McGee will self-report to prison on Feb. 15, although where he’ll be has not been determined.
Federal prosecutor Myers Namie played video of the incident in the courtroom.
It shows Gradney standing still in the cell and talking to McGee and another jail employee. When the second employee opens the cell door, Gradney keeps still but continues talking with the jailers. McGee then discharges the stun gun, and Gradney falls back against the back cell wall.
There is no audio recording of the incident.
In a brief statement, McGee cried while pleading for a light sentence.
“I shouldn’t have did what I did,” said McGee, who worked as a patrolman when the incident occurred on Aug. 6, 2010. He was elected police chief in December 2014 but resigned in October, a week before he was charged with the crime, citing an interview with the FBI.
McGee’s attorney, Gerald Block, had requested probation instead of prison time, citing McGee’s guilty plea and his cooperation with prosecutors during the investigation.
“He lost his profession as a police officer. He’s lost the respect of the community,” Block said.
Block also said the release of the videos was politically motivated. An anonymous person distributed the videos in the days leading up to the December 2014 runoff election, which McGee won 54 percent to 46 percent against Katina Richard.
Haik said it would be “inappropriate” for him to give a different sentence from the one he gave to former Mamou Police Chief Gregory Dupuis, who was McGee’s boss when the videos were recorded.
Dupuis, who used a stun gun on a verbally disruptive inmate after forcing the man to place his hands against the wall, also was sentenced to one year and one day in prison after pleading guilty in April.
Another officer shown using force in one of the videos, Joe Deshotel, died before the videos were released.
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