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Ex-Indiana cop gets 15 months for punching handcuffed man



Hammond, Indiana – A former police officer from northern Indiana who was captured on camera beating a guy while he was in handcuffs in 2018 was given a 15-month prison term.

For his part in the beating, Cory Newland, a former Elkhart police officer, received a sentence on Friday. According to court documents, he had entered a guilty plea to a federal charge of deprivation of civil rights and aiding and abetting in Hammond’s U.S. District Court.

Elkhart police officers will face federal charges in the beating case.

When the handcuffed suspect spit on one of the officers inside the Elkhart police station in January 2018, surveillance video captured Newland and another officer, Joshua Titus, striking the man.

August saw Newland leave the Elkhart Police Department. Titus is presently in court.

In March 2019, a federal grand jury indicted both individuals on suspicion of using excessive force to deny Mario Ledesma’s rights.

Following their federal indictments, Newland and Titus were both placed on unpaid administrative leave. East of Chicago, Elkhart is located in northern Indiana, 100 miles (160 kilometers) away.