November 4, 2019

OCALA — One of the guards accused of beating a female inmate so severely she was left paralyzed has previously been accused of trading cigarettes for sex, insubordination, harassing inmates for their religious beliefs and kissing and groping them.

The Miami Herald reports that Lowell Correctional Institution never fired Keith Turner and he was promoted to lieutenant.

Cheryl Weimar says in a lawsuit that her civil rights were violated when she was nearly beaten to death by four guards in August at the prison in Ocala.

Weimar was left with a broken neck and is now a paraplegic because of the guards’ use of force, according to the lawsuit.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating the case.

The guards have been reassigned to jobs that don’t have contact with inmates.

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Information from: The Miami Herald, http://www.herald.com