Ex-SCI Pittsburgh corrections officer sentenced to 12 years' probation in inmate abuses

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A former Pittsburgh corrections officer was sentenced to 12 years' probation with one year of house arrest after being found guilty of abusing inmates under his care at the State Correctional Institution Pittsburgh.

Tory Kelly, 41, of Aliquippa, was found guilty in a bench trial in December of witness intimidation, simple assault, official oppression and terroristic threats.

In addition, last month, he pleaded guilty to a separate count of simple assault against a former fellow corrections officer.

Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge David R. Cashman also order Kelly to undergo a mental health evaluation and complete anger management classes.

At his sentencing hearing, Kelly apologized to the court.

"I deeply regret the circumstances that brought me here before you today," he said. "My wife and children, they didn't deserve this at all. I wanted to tell the court I'm deeply sorry for it."

Kelly's probationary sentence is seven years longer than one handed down by Judge Cashman last week against former corrections officer Harry Nicoletti.

Nicoletti was found guilty by a jury of 27 counts -- although only one felony.

He received five years probation with six months house arrest.

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Paula Reed Ward: pward@post-gazette.com or 412-263-2620.


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