A corrections officer fired from the Louisiana State Penitentiary after officials say he used excessive force against an inmate has had his criminal charges upgraded to a felony.
Lt. Barrett Boeker, who worked at Angola since 2001, was fired in May after he argued with an inmate before spraying him with a fire extinguisher, according to state corrections officials. Boeker claimed there had been a fire in the inmate’s cell during the March 19 incident, but an investigation revealed that was not so.
Boeker was issued a summons May 11 on misdemeanor simple battery by the West Feliciana Parish Sheriff’s Office, but the charge has since been upgraded to malfeasance in office — a felony. He appeared in court Thursday for his arraignment and has been given a trial date of Jan. 11, 2021.