David Prejean, a former sergeant in the K-9 Unit of the Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office (IPSO), was sentenced yesterday to serve 30 months in prison and one year supervised release on his guilty plea to violating the civil rights of a detainee, announced John Gore, the Acting Assistant Attorney General of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, David C. Joseph, the United States Attorney for the Western District of Louisiana, and FBI New Orleans Division Special Agent in Charge Eric J. Rommal.

Prejean previously admitted, during a guilty plea hearing, that he acted without legal justification on Dec. 6, 2012, when he commanded his K-9 to bite the detainee, and then struck the detainee, resulting in bodily injury.