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3 more correction officers convicted in beating of Rikers Island inmate

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NEW YORK — A New York City Department of Correction captain and two officers were found guilty in connection with the 2012 assault of a Rikers Island inmate and attempted cover-up in 2012.

DOC Captain Gerald Vaughn was convicted Friday of attempted gang assault, attempted assault, assault, falsifying business records and offering a false instrument for filing and official misconduct after a 12-week bench trial, according to a press release.

Vaughn faces up to 15 years in prison.

Correction officers Harmon Frierson and Dwayne Maynard were convicted of official misconduct. They face up to a year in jail.

The news comes just days after five other correction officers were convicted on felony charges.

Bronx prosecutors say former Assistant Chief of Security Eliseo Perez and officers Alfred Rivera, Tobias Parker, Jose Parra and David Rodriguez, were convicted Tuesday. They each face up to 15 years in prison.

“These convictions, along with those of the assistant security chief of DOC and four officers earlier this week, close a chapter in Rikers Island’s sad, brutal history. They send a clear message that a uniform and a badge do not absolve anyone from committing a crime, and that even an inmate deserves to be treated like a human being,” District Attorney Darcel Clark said in a statement Friday.

Jeffrey Richard, a sixth guard who prosecutors alleged helped cover up the attack, was found not guilty.

Prosecutors say Perez ordered guards at Rikers Island to attack inmate Jahmal Lightfoot on June 11, 2012, after the inmate stared him down.

Authorities say Lightfoot suffered two broken eye sockets and other injuries.

The sentencing for the Vaughn, Frierson and Maynard is scheduled for September 6.