Ex-Pa. prison guard gets probation in assault

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PITTSBURGH (AP) – A former western Pennsylvania prison guard who pleaded guilty to punching an inmate has been sentenced to five years of probation.


Judge Nora Barry Fischer sentenced 35-year-old Arii Metz of Pittsburgh on Friday. Fischer says she didn’t send Metz to jail because his young son has extreme anxiety disorder.


Metz had pleaded guilty to violating the civil rights of David Kipp by entering his Allegheny County jail cell in October 2010 and striking him several times. Kipp suffered a broken nose and other injuries.


Metz was also sentenced to 14 months of home confinement, 200 hours of community service, and a fine of $2,000. He was also ordered to continue payments on the $7,500 damage award that Kipp won in a related civil lawsuit.


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