Attica Prison Guards Plead Guilty in 2011 Inmate Beating Case

By Tom Robbins


ATTICA, N.Y. — Three guards accused in the brutal beating of an inmate at the state prison here in 2011 each pleaded guilty on Monday to a single misdemeanor charge and agreed to quit their jobs in a last-minute deal that will avert a trial but spare them any jail time.

The case was the first time that any state corrections officers had been criminally charged with a nonsexual assault of an inmate, officials said.

The plea arrangement was announced in State Supreme Court in Wyoming County just as the guards were to have gone on trial on charges of gang assault, filing false reports and evidence tampering.


Instead, the three guards, Sgt. Sean Warner, 39, and Officers Keith Swack, 39, and Matthew Rademacher, 31, pleaded guilty to official misconduct, a misdemeanor. As part of the agreement, according to Norman Effman, one of the defense lawyers, the guards agreed to resign from their jobs to avoid jail time.


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This is one of the most horrific beatings I’ve heard of in my life, and the officers will serve no time in jail.