SCHENECTADY — The jail guard fired for allegedly beating a detainee at the county jail last week was arrested on Tuesday in connection with the assault.
Eugene Sellie, 28, was charged with second-degree assault, a felony, and official misconduct for the attack that left John Mannarino hospitalized and on a ventilator for nearly a week.
Sellie was arraigned by City Court Judge Mark Caruso on Tuesday and pleaded not guilty.
Andrew Safranko said his client voluntarily surrendered himself to city police.
“Our position is this was a response to an inmate who aggressively came out and tried to attack Mr. Sellie,” Safranko said in a phone interview. “The use of force was justified.”
Sellie posted $20,000 cash bond and was released following his arraignment, Safranko said.
The arrest comes after the county Sheriff’s Office asked the city Police and county District Attorney’s Office to launch a probe into the attack.
Mannarino, 33, was released from custody following the beating, which left him with five to six broken ribs, a broken clavicle, a collapsed lung and extensive bruising, according to his attorney, Kevin Luibrand, who contends the beating was unprompted.
Mannarino was released from the hospital on Saturday, nearly a week after the assault.
Sellie and his supervisor, Sgt. Timothy Bruce, were fired following the incident last Monday.