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5 New York City jail guards convicted in beating of inmate

  • FILE - In this May 25, 2016, file photo, Eliseo Perez, center, an assistant chief for security at the Rikers Island correctional facility, leaves Criminal Court in the Bronx borough of New York. Perez is among five New York jail employees, including a correction department chief, who were convicted Tuesday, June 7, of attempted assault charges for allegedly beating an inmate who stared down the chief during a search of his cell at Rikers Island in June 2012. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)

    FILE - In this May 25, 2016, file photo, Eliseo Perez, center, an assistant chief for security at the Rikers Island correctional facility, leaves Criminal Court in the Bronx borough of New York. Perez is among five New York jail employees, including a correction department chief, who were convicted Tuesday, June 7, of attempted assault charges for allegedly beating an inmate who stared down the chief during a search of his cell at Rikers Island in June 2012. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE- In this May 25, 2016 file photo, NYC Corrections Officer Tobias Parker, center, leaves Criminal Court in the Bronx borough of New York. Parker is among five New York jail employees, including a correction department chief, who were convicted Tuesday, June 7, of attempted assault charges for allegedly beating an inmate who stared down the chief during a search of his cell at Rikers Island in June 2012. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

    FILE- In this May 25, 2016 file photo, NYC Corrections Officer Tobias Parker, center, leaves Criminal Court in the Bronx borough of New York. Parker is among five New York jail employees, including a correction department chief, who were convicted Tuesday, June 7, of attempted assault charges for allegedly beating an inmate who stared down the chief during a search of his cell at Rikers Island in June 2012. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)  (The Associated Press)

A department chief is among five New York City jail employees who've been convicted on felony charges for allegedly beating an inmate who stared down the chief during a search of his cell.

Bronx prosecutors say former Assistant Chief of Security Eliseo Perez and officers Alfred Rivera, Tobias Parker, Jose Parra and David Rodriguez, were convicted Tuesday. They each face up to 15 years in prison.

Jeffrey Richard, a sixth guard who prosecutors alleged helped cover up the attack, was found not guilty.

Prosecutors say Perez ordered guards at Rikers Island to attack inmate Jahmal Lightfoot on June 11, 2012, after the inmate stared him down.

Authorities say Lightfoot suffered two broken eye sockets and other injuries.

Prosecutors say the guards also falsified reports to say Lightfoot had a weapon.