Former Knox County corrections officer convicted of assaulting inmate

Nicholas Breeden (source: KCSO)
Nicholas Breeden (source: KCSO)

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – A former Knox County corrections officer has been convicted of assaulting an inmate.

A jury deliberated for less than an hour and found Nicholas Breeden, 37, guilty of official oppression and assault. Sentencing is scheduled for January 26.

During the two-day trial, prosecutors said Breeden and other officers were tasked with gaining control of an inmate in his cell. However, two and a half minutes after the inmate was in control and restrained, Breeden kicked the inmate in the head.

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The inmate, Louis Flack, had been charged with aggravated assault and burglary in November 2014 when several videos show officers rushed into his cell and subdued him. One officer resigned during the investigation while two others were placed on administrative leave without pay. Breeden was later fired following an investigation.

He could face one to two years in prison.

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