A third former Louisiana State Penitentiary corrections officer has pleaded guilty to federal charges in the 2014 beating of a handcuffed and shackled Angola inmate and cover-up of the assault, federal prosecutors announced Thursday.

James Savoy, 39, of Marksville, admitted in court Wednesday that he witnessed other correctional officers using excessive force against the inmate and failed to intervene, acting U.S. Attorney Corey Amundson and acting Assistant Attorney General John Gore said.

Savoy also admitted conspiring with other officers to cover up the beating, and personally falsifying official prison records to cover up the attack, Amundson and Gore reported.

Two other former Angola guards, Scotty Kennedy, 48, of Beebe, Arkansas, and John Sanders, 30, of Marksville, pleaded guilty last November and last month, respectively, for their roles in the beating and cover-up.

A fourth former Angola guard, Daniel Davis, 40, of Loranger, has pending federal charges in the case.

The inmate suffered fractured ribs, a punctured lung, dislocated shoulder and other injuries in the January 2014 assault.

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