Former DeKalb jailer sentenced in excessive use of force cases

DeKalb County Jail. (Dean Hesse/Decaturish)

DeKalb County officials announced Monday that a former corrections officer pleaded guilty to charges related to using excessive force against inmates.  

Thirty-three-year-old Cesary Wilborn pleaded guilty to aggravated assault, aggravated battery and three counts of violation of oath by a public officer, according to a press release from the DeKalb District Attorney’s Office.

The charges go back to July 2016, when Wilborn physically assaulted inmate Demetre Mason in the victim’s cell. Mason had a seizure and fell out of the top bunk of his cell a few hours later. Doctors at Grady Hospital said Mason had a fractured jaw, and that the assault caused the seizure.

In a separate incident two years later at the jail, Wilborn had a physical altercation with inmate Marcus Tolbert. After a heated verbal exchange between the two, Tolbert knocked a breakfast tray out of Wilborn’s hand and Wilborn punched Tolbert in the head and face 14 times, according to the DA’s office.

After Tolbert fell to the ground, balling onto the floor and covering his face with his hands, Wilborn continued to physically assault him.

“Defendant Wilborn was captured on video as he picked Tolbert up and body slammed him to the floor on his back then stood over him,” the press release stated. “Tolbert received injuries to his face along with a fracture to a finger on his right hand.”

After agreeing to a non-negotiable plea deal, DeKalb Superior Court Judge LaTisha Dear Jackson sentenced Wilborn to 10 years to serve one in custody in the Probation Detention Center, as well as 200 hours of community service.  

Due to the case being sentenced under the First Offender Act, Wilborn will be ineligible to work in law enforcement during the duration of his sentence.