Tuesday, April 23, 2013 | 1:58 p.m.
Prosecutors say a former North Las Vegas jail guard has been indicted on federal excessive force and obstruction charges stemming from allegations that he slammed a handcuffed inmate to the concrete floor in November 2008.
The Department of Justice said Tuesday that Stuart Barlow Johnson is accused of violating the federal inmate's civil rights and falsifying an incident report in a botched cover-up attempt.
Johnson's attorney, Jeffrey Allen, says he's surprised by the indictment.
He says Johnson will plead not guilty and fight the charges.
He could get up to 30 years in federal prison if convicted.
Johnson was fired several months after the alleged attack, but rehired in September 2010 after an arbitrator overturned his firing.
He lost his job again last July when the city closed the jail.