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Md. prison guard gets 2 1/2 years for assault

A former state correctional officer is going to federal prison for conspiring in the severe beating of an inmate at Roxbury Correctional Institution near Hagerstown in 2008.

Forty-one-year-old Lanny Harris was sentenced Monday in Baltimore to 2 1/2 years. He is the first to be sentenced among 15 officers convicted of federal offenses in the case.

Harris pleaded guilty in April to one conspiracy count. The former sergeant approved a plan for other officers to assault Davis as punishment for punching a guard. Harris then helped organize a cover-up in which the assailants lied to investigators.

Former officer Philip Mayo was scheduled for sentencing later Monday. He held Davis down while others beat him.

Davis suffered a broken nose, back and ribs from being beaten on three successive shifts.

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