Richard S. Hartunian, United States Attorney, Northern District of New York, announced that David Monell, age 52, of Apalachin, New York, entered a guilty plea today in U.S. District Court in Binghamton, New York, to a violation of Title 18 United States Code, Section 242 (deprivation of rights under color of law), admitting that he assaulted an inmate at the Tioga County Jail on June 21, 2010, thereby depriving the inmate of his constitutional rights.
Monell was employed as a corrections lieutenant at the Tioga County Jail at the time of the incident. Monell’s guilty plea relates to an incident that occurred on June 21, 2010, at the Tioga County Jail, in Owego, New York. Monell admitted by his plea that while employed as a corrections lieutenant, and while acting under color of law, he unlawfully assaulted and caused bodily injury to inmate David Coffey. By his plea, Monell admitted that his actions deprived Coffey of the right, protected by the Constitution and laws of the United States, to be free from the excessive use of force amounting to punishment.
The defendant entered his plea before Senior U.S. District Court Judge Thomas J. McAvoy. The offense carries a statutory maximum sentence of 10 years’ imprisonment, a fine of up to $250,000, a term of supervised released of up to three years, and a special assessment of $100. Sentencing is currently scheduled for December 18, 2012, in Binghamton, New York, and Monell was released on his own recognizance pending sentencing.
The indictment resulted from an investigation conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Tioga County Sheriff’s Office. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Kevin P. Dooley of the Binghamton office, with assistance from the criminal section of the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice. Inquiries can be directed to AUSA Dooley at (607) 773-2887.