Joshua Brady (2021)

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On April 21, 2021, Creola Alabama Police Department Officer Gary Davis was working as an officer inside the Creola jail where Joshua Brady was incarcerated on drug charges and active warrants.[1][2] Davis was accused of tying a rope around Brady's neck, striking him, and kicking him.[3]

On May 3, 2021, Davis was fired.[2]

On May 7, 2021, a grand jury indicted Davis on two charges of assault, including second-degree assault, which is a Class C felony punishable by one to 10 years in prison, and third-degree assault, which is a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail.[2]

On September 20, 2021, the charges against Davis were upgraded to attempted murder, second-degree assault, and first-degree kidnapping.[1]

On May 25, 2022, Davis pleaded guilty to federal charges deprivation of rights under color of law.[4] Davis faces up to 10 years in prison.[5]

On September 6, 2022, Davis was sentenced to time served for the federal charge.[6]

On September 14, 2023, Davis pleaded guilty to second-degree assault in exchange for prosecutors dropping the attempted murder charge. The kidnapping charge will also be dismissed. Davis must serve 30 days in jail, with the rest of a five-year sentence suspended.[4]


The incident was captured by the jail's surveillance cameras.[5]

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