Crime

Ex-supervisor at Lexington jail is sentenced

Kristine Lafoe, a former lieutenant and supervisor at the Lexington-Fayette County Detention Center was sentenced in U.S. District Court on Wednesday to one year in prison for her role in covering up systematic abuse of detainees at the jail.

Lafoe, who was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Karen K. Caldwell, pleaded guilty on May 14 to a charge of conspiring to obstruct justice for her role in concealing abuses at the jail. Lafoe also faces two years of supervised release.

Lafoe supervised the midnight intake shift at the jail. She admitted that between January and October 2006, she instructed officers under her command to falsify reports by using inaccurate language to describe uses of force, so that the physical abuse of detainees would sound innocuous and justifiable.

As a supervisor, Lafoe then reviewed these false reports and submitted them to her supervisors.

Four other former corrections officers at the jail were also indicted, two others in addition to Lafoe have pleaded guilty so far.

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