SC officers get probation for on-duty assaults

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) - Two South Carolina police officers have avoided prison time after admitting they abused suspects while on patrol.

Greenville police officers 25-year-old Matthew Scott Jowers and 29-year-old Jeremiah Milliman each received three years of probation and were ordered to perform community service at their sentencings on Friday.

Prosecutors say Jowers slammed a man into a patrol car so hard he put a dent in the vehicle, while Milliman poked a deaf, mute homeless man with a pen and poured hand sanitizer on his head.

Jowers and Milliman pleaded guilty to misdemeanor civil rights charges.

WSPA-TV reported that judge William Catoe took into account the officers' military service and willingness to help investigators in his decision to not send them to jail.

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