Jail time has been ordered for a couple of former Velda City police officers who have been sentenced to a year and a day in federal prison for assaulting a Northwoods jail inmate last year.
Prosecutors say Sergeant Lewis McGee held inmate Emil Harris on the ground while Detective Mark Winger beat him. Harris had been arrested on traffic charges on July 29 and was upset because he was still in jail on the 31st. The complaints led to a jail employee calling police to deal with the complaints.
Employee Arvette Ford pleaded guilty to conspiring with the officers to assault Harris. Ford was sentenced to three years probation.
Velda City is in St. Louis County.