The Latest: Ex-police sergeant guilty in civil rights trial

Written by The Associated Press | May 27, 2017 8:15 AM

(Pittsburgh) -- A jury has issued a mixed verdict in the federal trial of a fired Pittsburgh police sergeant charged with wrongly beating a drunken man and then lying about it in a police report.

The jury convicted former Sgt. Stephen Matakovich of depriving the man of his civil rights by twice pushing and then punching him.

Matakovich was acquitted of filing a false report that portrayed the man as the aggressor.

The confrontation took place just outside Heinz Field, home of the Pittsburgh Steelers, during a high school championship football game in 2015.

The federal civil rights charge carries up to 10 years in prison. Sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 15.

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