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Cook County Correctional Officer Guilty of Punching Inmate

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    Inmate Punched in Jailhouse Beating Caught on Cam Files Suit

    A man who claims he was attacked by a guard at Cook County Jail more than two years ago has filed a lawsuit against the sheriff’s office and the officer he says initiated the attack. Charlie Wojciechowski reports. (Published Monday, Aug. 1, 2016)

    A former Cook County correctional officer who was caught on camera repeatedly punching a jail inmate has pleaded guilty to battery.

    Miguel Ortiz was initially charged with two felony counts of official misconduct, but pleaded guilty Wednesday to a reduced charge of misdemeanor battery.

    The 47-year-old Ortiz was sentenced to 18 months of conditional discharge. As part of his plea, Ortiz agreed to resign from the sheriff's office, where he had been on unpaid administrative leave since May 2016.

    Defense attorney Jerome Marconi told the Chicago Tribune that avoiding a felony conviction means Ortiz could keep his pension.

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