Former Cuyahoga County jail guards sentenced to prison for attacking inmate

Former Cuyahoga County jail guards sentenced to prison for attacking inmate
Cuyahoga County corrections officers who plead guilty to attacking inmate face sentencing (Source: WOIO)

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - The former Cuyahoga County corrections officers accused of attacking an inmate were sentenced on Monday.

Guard Idris-Farid Clark was sentenced to 18 months behind bars for each of the two felonies, attempted felonious assault and extortion, for spraying an inmate with pepper foam after she was placed in a restraint chair in July 2018.

Clark was also sentenced to 60 days for the misdemeanor charge of unlawful restraint.

**WARNING: The video may be difficult to watch**

Video shows Cuyahoga County Jail officers hitting, using pepper spray on restrained female inmate

He was originally charged with interfering with civil rights, unlawful restraint, tampering with evidence, perjury, intimidation, tampering with records, unauthorized use of property extortion and intimidation.

In August 2019, Clark also allegedly threatened other Cuyahoga County corrections officers to “testify on his behalf at trial to the lack of training we received and how the jail is ran.”

In the court documents, Clark threatened to release the videos if other officers didn’t testify on his behalf.

After coming to an agreement with representatives of the state, Clark pleaded guilty on Jan. 24 to felonious assault, unlawful restraint, and extortion, and was cleared of the rest of the charges.

Clark could have faced up to three years in jail. He will not serve his time in Cuyahoga County. He will serve 18 months in Lorain County.

Cuyahoga County Jail corrections officer Robert Marsh was sentenced to 60 days in jail in Summit County for restraining the inmate while Clark sprayed pepper foam at the inmate.

Marsh also allegedly struck the inmate after she attempted to kick him.

He was originally indicted on assault, unlawful restraint, and interfering with civil rights.

In November, Marsh pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault as part of a deal to drop his other charges.

The conditions of his plea requires Marsh to resign from his position as a corrections officer at the Cuyahoga County Jail.

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