COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A former supervisor at a South Carolina juvenile prison has pleaded guilty to ordering guards to hog-tie two inmates because they made too much noise.
Prosecutors say 35-year-old Nicole Samples had the inmates' arms tied to their legs on Jan. 1 and then ordered them to be left on their stomachs as punishment for two hours, causing them severe pain.
The U.S. attorney's office said Samples pleaded guilty Monday to two counts of deprivation of civil rights. She faces up to 10 years in prison on each count when she is sentenced later.
Prosecutors said in a news release that Samples knew the Department of Juvenile Justice specifically banned tying inmates' legs to their arms as punishment.
The inmates were housed inside the department's main prison in Columbia.