L.A. Sheriff’s Deputies Expected to Be Sentenced for Beating Inmate, Covering Up Attack
ederal prosecutors are asking for prison terms for two Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies found guilty earlier this year of beating a mentally ill inmate and falsifying reports to cover up the attack.
Bryan Brunsting, 31, and Jason Branum, 35, are expected to be sentenced Monday. So far, more than a dozen former sheriff’s officials have been given prison terms in connection with the county’s jail abuse scandal.
The case revolved around allegations made by a former recruit who said he was only days on the job at the Twin Towers Correctional Facility on March 10, 2010, when he was summoned by his training officer, Brunsting, and told that an inmate had left his cell without permission and mouthed off to jail staff.
“We’re going to teach him a lesson,” Joshua Sather recalled Brunsting telling him.