Sheriff: Deputy fired for pepper spraying restrained inmate

A Georgia sheriff says he has fired a deputy for using pepper spray on a restrained inmate who spit in her face.

Chatham County Sheriff John Wilcher planned a news conference Monday to discuss the firing of Sgt. Charlesetta Hawkins, who was also charged with cruelty to an inmate.

A news release says Hawkins placed inmate Jonathan Mahone in a restraint chair April 18 after he broke a sprinkler head in his cell. It says Mahone was strapped into the chair when he spit in Hawkins' face, prompting the deputy to spray him twice with pepper spray.

Two Chatham County deputies were convicted of crimes last year in the January 2015 death of Mathew Ajibade (ah-jeh-BAH-dee). He died at the jail after being shocked with a Taser while in restraints.