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Grand jury indicts Buffalo cell block attendant

Matthew Jaskula, the Buffalo cell block attendant accused of assaulting a prisoner, is now facing a grand jury charge.

Jaskula, 26, was indicted on a single count of willful deprivation of rights under color of law resulting in bodily injury. He faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.

Prosecutors say Jaskula was working as a senior cell block attendant on May 19 when he grabbed Shaun P. Porter, a prisoner, from behind and shoved him face-first into a door. They say Porter’s face struck the ledge of a shelf before he fell head-first to the floor.

At that point, Jaskula grabbed the victim by his handcuffed arms and dragged him to an open cell, where he again struck his head, according to prosecutors. They also claim Porter was put into a restraint chair and left without medical treatment for an hour and 45 minutes.

The incident, which was investigated by the FBI, was reportedly captured on video. Jaskula has pleaded not guilty.