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Feds convict 2 more guards in Md. inmate’s beating

Two more former Maryland correctional officers have pleaded guilty to federal conspiracy charges in the 2008 beating of an inmate.

The Justice Department says former officer Walter Steele pleaded guilty Thursday in Baltimore to conspiring with others to obstruct an investigation into an assault by officers on an inmate at Roxbury Correctional Institution near Hagerstown. Steele faces up to 10 years in prison at his sentencing July 9.

Former sergeant Lanny Harris pleaded guilty to conspiring to assault the inmate. He faces up to 5 years at his sentencing Aug. 2.

They are the fourth and fifth officers to plead guilty in the case. Ten others are awaiting trial.

The charges stem from the beating of inmate Kenneth Davis. He suffered a broken nose and other injuries.