Sentencing for ex-SC trooper taped kicking suspect

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Sentencing has been set for a former South Carolina trooper caught on video kicking a suspect in the head after a highway chase.

Court documents filed Wednesday show John B. Sawyer will be sentenced June 10 in Charleston.

Sawyer was indicted after the state released a May 2006 video that showed him kicking Sergio Caridi in the head several times. Caridi had led officers on a 30-mile chase on Interstate 95 in a dump truck.

The New York man has sued Sawyer for using excessive force and violating his civil rights.

In January, Sawyer pleaded guilty to violating Caridi's civil rights. He faces up to 10 years in prison.

Two other troopers were charged with civil rights violations. One was acquitted, and another is performing community service.

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