• Florida prison major sentenced to 5 years in beating case

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - A former major in Florida's prison system has been sentenced to five years in a federal prison after being convicted of falsifying a report about a prisoner's beating.

    Michael Baxter was sentenced Thursday, more than two months after a jury found the 49-year-old guilty of trying to obstruct the investigation into a prisoner who was beaten in Baxter's office.

    Baxter worked at the Apalachee Correctional Institution when a prisoner was assaulted on the day he was supposed to get married.

    Blood from the inmate's head was found in Baxter's office, and investigators said he later submitted a false report about the assault.

    The FBI helped state authorities investigate the case.

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