SPRINGFIELD — A former Illinois prison guard could face life in prison after a jury found him guilty of violating the civil rights of a 65-year-old inmate who died after correctional officers beat him in a lockup more than four years ago.
A six-man, six-woman jury deliberated about three hours Tuesday before returning guilty verdicts on five counts against ex-correctional Lt. Todd Sheffler, 54, of Mendon.
Sheffler is the second ex-guard convicted in the death of Larry Earvin in May 2018.
A separate jury convicted Alex Banta, 30, of similar charges in April. That jury could not reach a verdict on Sheffler, so the government tried him again.