MANATEE COUNTY - A former Manatee County corrections deputy caught on camera assaulting an inmate is avoiding hard prison time.

32 year old Paul Wagner was found guilty of felony battery after entering into plea deal on June 28.

An excessive force complaint was filed against Wagner in 2017.

A video from June 23, 2017, was released by the Manatee County Sheriff's Office showing Wagner slamming an inmate to the ground while he was cuffed.

The State Attorney’s Office said the use of force resulted in injuries to Andrew Pryce.

The State Attorney's Office says

 

Wagner will serve 4 months in in county jail followed by 2 years probation and take anger management classes.