Plymouth: Ex-officer sentenced for excessive force

BOSTON (AP) – A former Massachusetts police officer has been sentenced to a year and a day in prison for assaulting a handcuffed man in jail and trying to cover it up.

Former Plymouth officer Shawn Coughlin also was sentenced Monday in federal court in Boston to a year of supervised release and a $7,500 fine.

The 47-year-old Coughlin was convicted in February of deprivation of constitutional rights under color of law and falsifying a record to impede a federal investigation.

Prosecutors said he assaulted an arrestee in a Plymouth police holding cell in 2011, hitting the man in the head, and kneeing him in the body. They said Coughlin falsified official police reports on the matter.

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