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Georgia Ex-Cops Acquitted of Top Charge in Jailhouse Death



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    Mathew Ajibade, 22, died while in police custody, and was found dead in an isolation cell in January 2015.

    Two Georgia ex-deputies were acquitted Friday of involuntary manslaughter charges in the death of Mathew Ajibade, a mentally ill man who was tased while in restraints and then left unattended, NBC News reported.

    The former officers and a jailhouse nurse were convicted of lesser charges, according to NBC affiliate WSAV.

    Jason Kenny, who used the stun gun on Ajibade, was found guilty of cruelty to a prisoner, which carries a possible prison sentence of 1 to 3 years. Maxine Kenny was found guilty of falsifying records.

    The nurse, Gregory Brown, was acquitted of manslaughter charges by the judge earlier in the week after an investigator admitted he had been indicted based on incorrect information about jailhouse policies.

    Chris Oladapo, Ajibade's cousin, told NBC News that he was not surprised the officers were found not guilty of the top charge.

    "I knew that that same system that failed Mathew would not be the system that got him justice," he said. "I had already warned my family not to expect anything.

    "We expected nothing, and we got nothing."