Mississippi Department of Corrections Commissioner Pelicia Hall said all allegations of misconduct are investigated.

A federal grand jury has indicted a former Mississippi Department of Corrections officer on charges of using excessive force against an inmate at the Central Mississippi Correctional Facility.

Sharalyn McClain, 28, is charged with aiding and abetting others in committing the assault. The indictment alleges that McClain used a dangerous weapon, “a shoe with a foot in it,” to commit the assault. Her charge carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.

The identity of the prisoner who was injured was not released.

The alleged assault occurred last month at the Rankin County facility. In response to the indictment, the Mississippi Department of Corrections told Mississippi Today that MDOC aggressively investigates misconduct allegations.

“The Mississippi Department of Corrections has zero tolerance for the conduct alleged in the indictment,” Commissioner Pelicia Hall said. “During my administration, I have worked and will continue to work with other agencies to ensure that any allegations of misconduct are investigated. We hold our officers to high standards, and referring matters to the FBI will continue to be the MDOC’s practice.”

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