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What to Know

  • Kevin Moore was being held at the prison pending transfer to Rikers Island when he was beaten; prosecutors say he didn't threaten the guards

  • The indictment says the guards "brutally beat him" and caused "many life-threatening injuries"

  • All three guards are charged with participating in the beating and trying to cover it up

Two former correction officers have been convicted of beating a New York state prison inmate so severely he was hospitalized for two weeks and then covering up the attack.

Kathy Scott and George Santiago Jr. were convicted Monday in federal court in Westchester County after a nine-day jury trial.

Scott, Santiago and three other former guards at the Downstate Correctional Facility in Dutchess County were charged with repeatedly punching and kicking inmate Kevin Moore in November 2013 after he questioned why he was being placed in a mental-health unit overnight.

The then-54-year-old Moore suffered facial fractures, broken ribs and a collapsed lung. He spent 17 days in a hospital.

The three others charged have pleaded guilty for their involvement in the attack.

Prosecutors say the guards also falsified prison records to cover up the assault.