Sheriff's office employee fired for spitting in inmate's drink

Detention officers let go

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - An Arkansas sheriff fired two employees of his office after one employee spat in an inmate's beverage and allowed him to drink.

According to Sheriff Marty Boyd, he terminated Andy Allison, a detention officer, for spitting in the beverage. Allison was officially fired on July 25, 2016.

Boyd also fired Allison's supervisor, James Moore. Moore was "present when Andy Allison spit in an inmate's beverage and then allowed the inmate to drink that beverage," according to Moore's notice of termination.

Boyd said he "lost confidence" in both employees and immediately held a staff meeting to explain what type of behavior is expected.

I really feel this was a joke that went way too far,” Boyd told Region 8 News. “I don't think there was any malicious intent involved in the situation but at the same time we have to hold ourselves to a higher standard.”

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