PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) - A former Florida prison guard has been found guilty of assaulting and inmate and then planting evidence in a failed attempt to claim self-defense.
Willie Walker is facing up to 10 years in prison after being convicted Friday in federal court of violating the inmate's rights.
The Panama City News-Herald reports that in March 2015 the 58-year-old Walker sprayed a Gulf Correctional Institution inmate with a chemical agent and then struck him repeatedly, fracturing his nose and causing a head wound that required stapling. Officials say he then planted a homemade knife.
Walker is scheduled to be sentenced in December.