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Berkeley County Jail Guard Charged With Assault

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(Photo credit: NATALIA KOLESNIKOVA/AFP/Getty Images)

(Photo credit: NATALIA KOLESNIKOVA/AFP/Getty Images)

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. (AP) — A former Berkeley County jail guard has been charged with assaulting an inmate.

The State Law Enforcement Division arrested 28-year-old Thomas Justin Mims on Thursday and charged him with third-degree assault and battery.

An arrest report accuses Mims of shoving inmate Anthony Ray Williams, pushing him against the wall and hitting him in the face Aug. 19. Williams was in jail on a grand larceny charge.

The report says the assault was recorded on the jail’s video system. It says the force was unnecessary and excessive.

The maximum penalty is 30 days in jail and a $500 fine.

The sheriff’s office said Mims no longer works as a guard.

It was not clear if Mims has a lawyer.

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