Former Elkhart police officer enters guilty plea in 2018 beating of inmate

Published: Sep. 6, 2022 at 12:48 PM EDT
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HAMMOND, Ind. (WNDU) - A former Elkhart police officer has admitted his guilt in the beating of an inmate who was handcuffed to a chair.

The assault happened back on Jan. 12, 2018, and was captured by surveillance video. It came after the inmate spat in the direction of now-former officers Cory Newland and Joshua Titus.

Last week, Newland admitted in federal court that he knew at the time that the use of force was unjustified and unlawful.

The plea agreement specifies that Newland should receive a sentence of 15 months imprisonment and make restitution to the victim in an amount to be determined by the court. He authorized the U.S. Attorney’s Office to immediately perform a credit report in order to evaluate his ability to satisfy any financial obligation.

Cory Newland
Cory Newland(Elkhart Police Department)

Meanwhile, Titus faces a trial date of Sept. 19. He is charged with violating the civil rights of the unidentified inmate under the color of law.

In recent filings, the legal team for Titus proposes a jury instruction about the use of force that is reasonably necessary. The defense also wants the jury to hear about the arrestee’s behavior before he arrived at the jail.

The trial for Titus is expected to last three to four days.

Joshua Titus
Joshua Titus(Elkhart Police Department)

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