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Prosecutors Want 2-Year Prison Sentence For Former Plymouth Police Officer

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(WBZ-TV)

PLYMOUTH (CBS) – Prosecutors want to see a former Plymouth police sergeant spend two years in prison for using excessive force on a man he was arresting and then falsifying the police report to cover it up.

Shawn Coughlin, 47, was convicted back in February of deprivation of constitutional rights under color of law and falsifying a record to impede a federal investigation.

Coughlin was found guilty of striking an arrestee in the head and kneeing him in the body while he was in a holding cell with his hands handcuffed behind his back, in November 2011.

The man had been arrested for drunken driving.

His defense attorneys have asked a judge to sentence him to six months.

Coughlin will be sentenced on July 14. Under the law, he could face up to 10 years in prison.

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