AUGUSTA (AP) — A guard at the Cumberland County Jail who fought the suspension he received for dragging an inmate with two broken ankles 127 feet across a concrete floor has lost his appeal.

The Maine Supreme Judicial Court ruled unanimously Tuesday that the Maine Criminal Justice Academy Board of Trustees’ decision to suspend Nicholas Stein for one year was not an abuse of its discretion. Stein said the suspension was excessive.

The trustees ordered Stein’s certificate suspended after concluding “by a preponderance of the evidence” that he assaulted the inmate in June 2011.

A jury acquitted Stein of a criminal assault charge.

The Portland Press Herald ( ) reported that Stein’s attorney for the appeal said her client was in a rush to get the inmate to the jail’s medical unit.

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