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Former Lafayette Sheriff's deputies charged with battery, malfeasance in office

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LAFAYETTE PARISH, LA (KPLC) -

Four former Sheriff's Deputies in Lafayette Parish were arrested and charged with second-degree battery and malfeasance in office following an incident that left one inmate hospitalized.

State police were contacted by Sheriff Mike Neustrom in April regarding an investigation of four deputies. According to investigators, on April 8, an inmate in the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center caused a disturbance in his cell. Four deputies responded to the incident.

Michael McSheffrey, 33, and Brandon Gallien, 28, entered the cell and struck the inmate "an excessive number of times." The inmate suffered injuries which left him hospitalized for several days.

Adrian Theriot, 28, and Scarla Celestine, 33, observed the incident and failed to stop McSheffrey and Gallien.

Investigators say deputies failed to accurately report the incident. All four turned themselves in to authorities at the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center on Tuesday.

McSheffrey and Gallien were charged with second degree battery and malfeasance in office. Theriot and Celestine were charged with principle to second degree battery and malfeasance in office.

The investigation continues.

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