SCHENECTADY (AP) — A former Schenectady jail guard who beat and seriously injured a detainee has been sentenced to six months behind bars, to the dismay of prosecutors who sought a stiffer sentence.

Eugene Sellie pleaded guilty to felony assault and misdemeanor official misconduct charges in the November 2020 beating of John Mannarino. But while prosecutors had offered a plea deal involving four years in state prison, Sellie instead took a different offer from Glens Falls City Court Judge Gary Hobbs: The former guard admitted to all the charges in exchange for a six-month sentence to be served in the local jail.

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