Maryland corrections officer facing 29 years for beating inmate at Baltimore's Central Booking

A Maryland corrections officer has been convicted of second-degree assault and misconduct in office for punching and choking an inmate at Baltimore's Central Booking and Intake Center, prosecutors said.

Sgt. Chance Hellum faces as much as 29 years in prison. He is scheduled for sentencing March 27.

The attack happened Sept. 21, 2016. Prosecutors say an inmate walked past Hellum, who called back the person and punched them in the face. Hellum choked the inmate while another officer came to help. The inmate was held from behind while Hellum punched the inmate twice more in the face.

A few days later, prison officials received an anonymous tip about the attack. They found surveillance video of the assault. Baltimore assistant state’s attorneys prosecuted the case.

“Our officers take an oath to carry out the department's mission, which includes protecting all individuals in our custody,” Stephen Moyer, the state secretary of public safety and correctional services, said in a statement. “When an officer fails to live up to that promise, we will work with our law enforcement partners to prosecute them to the fullest extent.”

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