Elayn Hunt Corrections cadet accused of beating inmate

Andrew Green agreen@postsouth.com
Eric Lands

Eric Lands, 23-year-old corrections cadet at Elayn Hunt Correctional Center in St. Gabriel, is facing termination after allegedly beating an inmate.

St. Gabriel Police were called to the prison to charge Lands, who repeatedly hit an inmate that spit in his face.  Lands was hired to Elayn Hunt in July 2016 and passed a criminal background check, the department said.

The inmate, Kyron Johnson, 28, was serving a five year sentence for simple robbery and aggravated criminal damage to property.  According to the DOC, video cameras at Hunt Correctional captured the incident which took place Sunday, Feb. 19 as Lands was escorting Johnson back to his cell.

According to a WAFB report, eyewitnesses said the inmate spit in Lands’ face prior to Lands beating him.

The Department of Corrections (DOC) referred Johnson to the District Attorney’s Office where he may face possible charges of battery against a corrections officer.