PORT ALLEN - A former West Baton Rouge Parish sheriff’s deputy convicted of second-degree battery will spend at least 30 days in jail and six months under house arrest for his role in a 2007 jailhouse beating that left an inmate with a fractured jaw.
State District Judge James Best sentenced Casey Batts Wednesday to three years in prison with all but seven months suspended, court records show.
Of those seven months, Batts will serve 30 days behind bars before spending the remaining six months under house arrest, records show.
After the sentencing, 18th Judicial District Attorney Ricky Ward said prison time for Batts was warranted to fit the gravity of the crime.
?The crime was serious enough to require that,? Ward said. ?He did this under the color of law as a police officer.?
A West Baton Rouge Parish jury convicted Batts in March for beating Stacey Lee Paul in a December 2007 incident in the West Baton Rouge Detention Center’s shower area.
The jury also acquitted Batts on a count of malfeasance in office.
During Batts’ trial, prosecutor Marty Maley said Batts attacked the prisoner in retaliation for an earlier incident in which a Port Allen police officer fell and hurt his leg while trying to arrest Paul in connection with a $20 theft from a daiquiri shop tip jar.
Maley said Batts beat Paul with his fists before slamming the prisoner face-first into a wall, then to the ground in an assault that resulted in more than $100,000 in medical bills for the prisoner.
The 18th Judicial District comprises Iberville, Pointe Coupee and West Baton Rouge parishes.