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Ex-cop sentenced in stun gun case

on January 17, 2014 10:30 AM

SPRINGDALE (AP) — A former western Pennsylvania police officer was sentenced to a year and a day in jail for using a stun gun on a handcuffed prisoner.

Former Springdale Borough police sergeant Mark E. Thom received the sentence Thursday after previously pleading guilty to civil rights charges stemming from a December 2011 encounter.

Thom, 32, wept at the sentencing and apologized for not being a better police officer.

Prosecutors said Thom punched and used a stun gun against a man who was handcuffed in the back of a police cruiser. During sentencing proceedings other police officers were critical of Thom in letters written to the court.

Springdale’s insurance company last year paid $225,000 to settle a federal civil rights lawsuit Thom’s victim had filed.

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