Convicted Wake jailer released from jail

From staff reportsMarch 11, 2014 

Wake County detention officer Markeith Council was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter late Thursday, December 12, 2013 for the beating death of inmate Shon Demetrius McClain at the Wake County jail last summer. He was sentenced to 90 days in the jail where he worked and three years probation.


— The former Wake County jailer convicted of killing an inmate last summer was released from the Wake County jail Tuesday, after finishing his sentence for involuntary manslaughter.

Markeith Council was convicted three months ago of killing inmate Shon Demetrius McClain. Wake County Superior Court Judge Paul Gessner sentenced Council to 12 to 24 months in prison in December, but then suspended the sentence and ordered him to spend 90 days in the jail where he worked and three years probation.

The judge also ordered Council to submit a DNA sample to jail officials, pay court costs, a $1,000 fine and abide by all conditions of his supervised probation.

Council, 27, was fired as a Wake County detention officer on Dec. 14, according to sheriff’s spokesman Capt. James Stevens.

McClain’s family plans to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the Wake County Sheriff’s Office, according to Jessie Jefers, the Raleigh lawyer representing the family.

A surveillance videotape of an altercation between Council and McClain, 40, was at the center of the case.

The video, played several times for the jury during the three-day trial, shows a brief fight between Council and McClain in a day room at the Wake County jail that ends with Council twice slamming McClain to the concrete floor. McClain died 13 days later, on June 17, and Council was charged with voluntary manslaughter on Aug. 6.

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