Created: Thu, 05 Sep 2013 08:16:00 EST
Updated: Fri, 06 Sep 2013 10:26:49 EST
ATLANTA (AP) - Federal Prosecutors say a fourth Georgia corrections officer has pleaded guilty to his role in the beating of an inmate at Macon State Prison.
Officials said Thursday that 26-year-old Kadarius Thomas, a former supervisor at the prison in Oglethorpe, pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice. Authorities say Thomas admitted to escorting an inmate to a gymnasium where he was attacked by several other Correctional Emergency Response Team officers.
Prosecutors say the inmate was attacked because he previously assaulted a prison supervisor.
Officials say Thomas knew the inmate was injured and followed a supervisor's order to leave out any reference to unjust use of force in any incident reports.
Thomas, of Americus, faces up to 20 years in prison. A deputy warden and seven corrections officers were indicted in the assault.