Three ex-city correction officers will do hard time after a judge sentenced them Thursday for beating an inmate and falsely claiming that they were trying to save him from killing himself.
Former Rikers Island officers Michael Dorsainvil, Christopher Huggins, Mark Anglin and Ronald Donnelley were found guilty last year of covering up a March 2013 assault on inmate Carl Williams.
The encounter started with Williams cursing at a group of officers after Dorsainvil confiscated his bag of food, video played at the trial showed.
Anglin and Dorsainvil and Huggins then entered Williams’ holding cell to confront him. As Anglin and Dorsainvil restrained the inmate, Huggins kneed him in the head, authorities said.
Four Rikers correction officers convicted in inmate’s beating Donnelly stood outside watching.
A bloodied Williams needed nine stitches to repair the wounds to his mouth.
The officers later claimed on official papers that Williams had tried to hang himself with a string he had pulled out of a bag. Video showed otherwise.
Evidence photo from the trial of Officer Michael Dorsainvil. (COURTESY OF BRONX DISTRICT ATTORNEY'S OFFICE)
Dorsainvil, 36, who was convicted of assault, was sentenced to two years in state prison. During the trial, he took the stand and testified that he did not know his official statement was false "until after I saw the video.
“I’m ashamed I even submitted it," he said.
Huggins, 34, also convicted of assault, was sentenced to one year in prison. Anglin, 38, convicted of offering a false instrument for filing, was sentenced to four months in jail to be served on weekends.
Donnelley was sentenced to 100 hours of community service.
All four officers lost their jobs as a result of the felony convictions.