BRANDON, Miss. — A former employee of a Mississippi mental hospital has been sentenced to prison for breaking a patient’s jaw by punching him in the face.

Attorney General Jim Hood says in a news release Tuesday that 36-year-old James Sorrell of Richland pleaded guilty Monday to one count of abuse of a vulnerable person.

Sorrell is a former worker at the Mississippi State Hospital at Whitfield.

Rankin County Circuit Judge William Chapman sentenced Sorrell to 20 years in prison. Sorrell will have to serve at least half of the sentence before being eligible for parole because the judge found it was a violent crime.

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