Evidence hearing set in ex-guard’s sentencing

Evidence hearing set in ex-guard’s sentencing

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A federal judge in Pittsburgh is set to hear evidence and arguments in the eventual sentencing of a former western Pennsylvania county jail guard who has already pleaded guilty to violating the civil rights of an inmate by punching the man.

Thirty-four-year-old Arii Metz, of Pittsburgh, pleaded guilty in March to entering David Kipp’s cell in Oct. 2010 and punching the inmate several times without provocation. Kipp suffered a broken nose, badly bruised face and a perforated ear drum.

Prosecutors have argued that Metz deserves three to four years in prison, while Metz’s attorney is seeking probation.

Both sides seek to introduce so much evidence to support their arguments that U.S. District Judge Nora Barry Fischer has postponed today’s sentencing indefinitely. Instead, she’ll hear the evidence and sentence Metz later.

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