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Former Lorain County Jail guard charged with federal civil rights violation


Fired Lorain County Jail guard Marlon Taylor was charged with deprivation of rights under color of law in federal court Friday for the July 2012 beating of an 18-year-old inmate.

Taylor, 49, was charged by way of information, which typically indicates that a defendant has reached an agreement to plead guilty.

Jack Bradley, Taylor’s lawyer, said he couldn’t discuss the details of the plea agreement his client will ultimately sign.

“We’ve met with the U.S. Attorney’s office on several occasions and we were able to put together a plea agreement and it will be something that could potentially carry a federal prison sentence,” Bradley said.

The charge against Taylor accuses him of violating Sand’s right to be free from cruel and unusual punishment, according to a news release announcing the charge. Taylor could get up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, although the release noted that it’s rare for maximum sentences to be imposed under federal sentencing guidelines.

Taylor is accused of attacking inmate Jordan Sand, who was serving out a juvenile sentence, on July 29, 2012.

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