Richmond pleads no contest to assault

By Wayne Gates – 

A former Brown County Jail corrections officer has pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor assault charge in connection with an incident with an inmate last August.
William Richmond was fired after a criminal complaint was filed by the BCSO on Sept. 7 stating that  he “…did knowingly cause or attempt to cause physical harm to another, to wit (redacted) by striking (redacted) head on a concrete floor.”
Richmond entered his plea on Dec. 19 and was fined $100 and court costs.  He was also sentenced to 180 days in jail with 180 days suspended, given one year of probation and ordered to attend anger management classes.
His employment was terminated when the complaint was filed.
“Our job is to enforce the law fairly and equitably and that includes employees of the sheriff’s department,” said Brown County Sheriff Gordon Ellis.
“It’s always a difficult challenge when you realize that an employee of the sheriff’s office has engaged in conduct that’s not consistent with our mission and values.  We dealt with (that conduct) appropriately.”
Richmond worked as a corrections officer at the Brown County Sheriff’s Office from June 17, 2016. until his employment was terminated last September.