JACKSON, Miss. (NEWSnet/AP) — Sentencing concluded on Thursday for the six former officers in Mississippi who pleaded guilty to breaking into a home without a warrant and torturing two Black men.

Former deputy Brett McAlpin, 53, was the fifth former law enforcement officer sentenced this week by U.S. District Judge Tom Lee after pleading guilty to the attack. The final member of the group, 32-year-old former Richland police officer Joshua Hartfield, was given a sentence of about 10 years on Thursday afternoon.

Lee sentenced Christian Dedmon, 29, to 40 years and Daniel Opdyke, 28, to 17.5 years on Wednesday. He gave about 20 years to Hunter Elward, 31, and 17.5 years to Jeffrey Middleton, 46, on Tuesday. All but Hartfield served with the Rankin County Sheriff’s Office outside Mississippi’s capital city, where some called themselves “The Goon Squad.”

In January 2023, the group of six burst into a Rankin County home without a warrant and assaulted Jenkins and Parker. Elward admitted to  a “mock execution” that went awry.

The group devised a coverup that included planting drugs and a gun.

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