Ex-cop sentenced in stun gun case
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.