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Wake corrections officer to return to jail as inmate

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A Wake County corrections officer has been found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the death of an inmate in June.

A jury found Markeith Council, 27, guilty of involuntary manslaughter Thursday in the June 4 death of Shon Demetrius McClain. He is sentenced to 90 days in the Wake County Jail followed by 12 to 24 montha suspended, supervised probation.

Council will serve his sentence at the jail where he engaged in a fight with McClain, who died from blunt force trauma to the head and neck resulting in spinal and brain damage. McClain died 13 days after the incident.

Wednesday, Council, told the court he had a conversation with McClain some time before the incident while Council was handing out sheets. 

Council testified, "McLain said, 'You almost shoved my [expletive] hand in this trap.' Well, I said, 'If you didn't want your hand in the [expletive] trap, get your hands out of the trap.'" 

Council said people started urging McClain, 40, to fight during the part the surveillance video shows. Council said he called McClain over. 

"I said, 'Don't let your friends boost you up, pump you up,'" Council recalled. "I said, 'This is not the place to be tough.'" 

Council said he thought he was going to be punched when McClain raised his hand. He said he didn't have enough time to call for help. 

A video released in court Tuesday shows the fatal altercation between Council and McClain.

Council was indicted in August and turned himself into the Wake County Detention Center soon after.

McClain was in jail on misdemeanor drug charges when the assault occurred. According to the Department of Public Safety, McClain's convictions include possession of stolen goods, breaking and entering, larceny, indecent liberty with a child, failing to register as a sex offender and obstructing justice.

Council said his goal is to be a warden and is on track to be a sergeant. He is now a master detention officer, and is on suspension.

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