Fired Allegheny County jail major to plead in inmate beating
The former major of the guards at the Allegheny County Jail in Pittsburgh has been scheduled to change his plea on charges that he violated an inmate's civil rights by beating the man, and then falsifying documents and lying to the FBI which investigated the incident.
Fifty-year-old James Donis was fired as the jail's top guard last October, shortly after the inmate filed a federal lawsuit claiming he was wrongly beaten by Donis and other guards in April 2010.
The criminal charges against Donis mirror the inmate's claims that he tried to escape through air vents at the jail and was beaten after he was caught even though he didn't resist the Donis and other guards.
Donis has pleaded not guilty to the charges, so Monday's hearing means he'll plead guilty or no contest to at least one of the charges.