Former Tioga County jail guard sentenced to six months for beating prisoner

A former Tioga County jail guard who was caught on tape beating a prisoner has been sentenced to six months in federal prison.

The Binghamton Press and Sun-Bulletin reports that David Monell of Apalachin was sentenced Tuesday after pleading in August to civil rights violations.

A security camera captured Monell's attack on inmate David Coffey in 2010.

Coffey was handcuffed to a bench when Monell grabbed him and pounded him on the head. Coffey suffered scrapes, a swollen jaw and vision problems.

At his sentencing, Monell apologized to Coffey for the unprovoked attack and went on to apologize to the community and other law enforcement officers.

Monell had been honored by New York's state Senate as Correction Officer of the Year in 2010.

He resigned shortly after the attack.