MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) — A former juvenile detention officer has been acquitted in federal court.
He was facing charges stemming from the death of a 17-year-old in a beating by other inmates.READ MORE: Justices Deny Fired FAU Professor James Tracy Who Questioned Sandy Hook
Court records show that jurors in Miami federal court found 36-year-old Antwan Lenard Johnson not guilty Tuesday of conspiracy and deprivation of Elord Revolte’s rights while incarcerated.
Prosecutors had said Johnson used bounties and rewards, such as candy and other snacks, to encourage inmates at the Miami-Dade Regional Juvenile Detention Center to use violence to punish bad behavior by other inmates.READ MORE: Supply Chain Issues: How Are Global Shortages Affecting Local Customers?
Investigators said Revolte was assaulted by other juveniles in August 2015 because of challenges to Johnson’s authority.
John was fired after his April 2018 arrest. It wasn’t known whether he was eligible to return to work.
The other juvenile inmates who attacked Revolte were never charged.MORE NEWS: Fourth Stimulus Check: Is Another Relief Payment Coming?
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