POSTED: Thursday, February 7, 2013 - 7:30pm
UPDATED: Thursday, February 7, 2013 - 7:34pm
Baton Rouge, La (NBC33) — A former West Baton Rouge Sheriff's deputy will have to face jail time after a judge ruled today that his sentence will stand.
That judge refused to grant Casey Batts a new trial. Batts was convicted of beating up an inmate back in 2007 and sentenced then to three years in jail.
After appealing to a higher court, claiming the judge didn't follow procedures, the judge was asked to consider the case again. Today, he came to the same conclusion.
"Basically, when you disgrace your badge, this is what happens,” said Col. Richie Johnson with the WBR Sheriff’s Office. “This should be a good educational tool for officers to realize, don't disgrace your badge."
Chuck Ward, Batts’ lawyer, "We're very, very disappointed, and we intend to seek an appeal, immediately."
Officials with the West Baton Rouge DA's office tell NBC33 News that Batts' case has taken years to close because of delays out of their control.
We're told his lawyer plans to appeal quickly to avoid having him spend any time in jail.