Former Richland County jail guard to be sentenced for beating mentally ill homeless prisoner

According to the April 8, 2014 edition of The State Newspaper, Robin Smith, a former Alvin S. Glenn jail guard, is scheduled to to be sentenced Wednesday morning in federal court in Columbia. Smith pled guilty last December to beating of a mentally ill, non-violent homeless Columbia man. The man, Robert Sweeper, III, almost died as a result of injuries Smith inflicted.

Mr. Sweeper’s civil lawsuit against Richland County remains pending. Richard A. Harpootlian, P.A. is representing Sweeper in the matter. “I suspect we will have a trial by the end of the year,” Dick Harpootlian, said Tuesday morning.

According to the article, Richland County formed a study committee that is paying some $100,000 for a top-to-bottom audit of the jail by a jail consultant. The study has not yet been completed.

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