Former Plainview Prison Guard Receives Probation in Death of Inmate

A former Texas prison guard is charged in the death of an inmate and has pleaded no contest to manslaughter.

The Plainview Daily Herald reports 28-year-old Jose Rodriguez Junior was given the minimum sentence of probation by a jury that said it would have acquitted him.

Rodriguez originally faced a 99-year sentence on the murder charge that prosecutors reduced to manslaughter.

After Rodriguez pleaded no contest this week, a jury gave him two years of probation on a second-degree felony charge that carried a maximum of 20-years in prison.

Rodriguez was accused of slamming 52-year-old Paul Ray Judia’s head into a cell wall at the Formby Unit in November after the handcuffed inmate allegedly kicked him in the groin.

Judia died at a hospital three days later. He had been serving a ten-year sentence for burglary.


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