COLUMBIA, S.C. – Federal prosecutors are asking that two former small town police officers in South Carolina be sentenced to at least a year in prison for shocking a mentally disabled woman at least eight times with a Taser.
Both Eric Walters and Franklin Brown pleaded guilty in October. They'll be sentenced Monday in Florence. Prosecutors are seeking 12 months to 18 months in prison for Walters and 18 months to 24 months for Brown.
Authorities are asking for extra time for Brown because he shocked the woman after her hand slipped from handcuffs, even though she was making no effort to escape or fight.
Investigators say Walters never gave the woman time to comply with his demands before shocking her.
Prosecutors say the Marion officers should have known the woman had a diminished mental state.