PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A former prison guard has been sentenced to three years in the Adult Correctional Institutions for assaulting inmates in the prison’s minimum-security facility in 2005 and 2006.
The Providence Journal reports (http://bit.ly/yXauJR ) that a Superior Court judge imposed three consecutive one-year sentences and ordered Kenneth Viveiros to serve nine months of the three-year term. The remaining 27 months will be suspended and he will remain on probation.
The 60-year-old Viveiros of North Providence and Gualter Botas, a fellow guard, were convicted in July 2008 on charges of simple assault and battery for striking four inmates with clipboards and phone books for possessing cigarettes and other contraband.
The Rhode Island Supreme Court upheld Viveiros’ conviction in July. Justices said the jury instructions were proper and that Viveiros did not show he was denied a fair trial.
Information from: The Providence Journal, http://www.providencejournal.com