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Former Wilcox jailer pleads guilty to helping cover up beatings

A former Wilcox County jailer pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court to concealing a felony in connection with the 2009 beatings of inmates allegedly at the hand of lawmen.

In exchange for his plea, allegations that 26-year-old Casey Owens violated inmates’ civil rights will be dismissed, said Laura D. Hogue, Owens’ lawyer.

Owens faces a maximum penalty of three years in prison, a $250,000 fine and one year of supervised release.

His sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 3. Hogue declined further comment.

Had the case gone to trial, evidence would have been presented that Owens took part in a cover-up of the assaults along with then-Sheriff Stacy Bloodsworth and Austin Bloodsworth, federal prosecutor Christine Siscaretti said during the hearing in Macon.

Owens wrote a report including details from a cover-up scheme, but he later admitted the report include false information, Siscaretti said.

A trial for the Bloodsworths is scheduled for October, according to federal court records.

Former jail trusty Willie James Caruthers pleaded guilty in April to his part in assaulting a fellow inmate and conspiring to tamper with a witness. Former drug task force agent Timothy King pleaded guilty in March to conspiring to tamper with a witness in the case.

Sentencing dates have not been set for Caruthers and King.

Information from Telegraph archives was used in this report. To contact writer Amy Leigh Womack, call 744-4398.

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