Texas officers indicted for allegedly beating an inmate

HOUSTON, Texas (KPRC) - Five Texas detention officers are being indicted for their roles in the beating of an inmate.

The Harris County District Attorney’s Office made the announcement at a news conference in Houston on Tuesday.

Jules Johnson of the DA’s Office spoke to the media about what happened to Jerome Bartee while he was in custody back in September 2016.

Johnson says, “He was involved in a verbal altercation with some detention officers, that altercation ended up getting physical, which resulted in our completive having to get reconstruction facial surgery."

Jeremy Ringle, Joshua Degler, Napolean Harmon and Andrew Rowell are all being charged with aggravated assault by a public servant.

Salvador Garibay is charged with misdemeanor assault.

If convicted, four of the officers will face five to 99 years or life in prison, plus a fine of up to $10,000.

Garibay could face up to a year in jail and a fine as much as $4,000.