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2 ex-deputies acquitted of manslaughter in stun gun death

GAVEL
Posted at 10:51 AM, Oct 17, 2015
and last updated 2015-10-17 10:51:00-04

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - Two jailers of a 21-year-old Georgia man who died in a cell have been acquitted of involuntary manslaughter charges, but they still face prison time after a jury found them guilty of other charges.

A jury in Savannah returned verdicts Friday against former sheriff's deputies Jason Kenny and Maxine Evans in the January death of Mathew Ajibade.

Kenny was convicted of cruelty to an inmate, which carries up to three years in prison, for shocking Ajibade with a Taser four times while his hands and feet were restrained. Evans was convicted of faking jail logs and lying to a grand jury. She faces up to 40 years imprisonment.

Will Claiborne, an attorney for Ajibade's family, accused prosecutors of focusing on rank-and-file jailers rather than the sheriff and senior staff.