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Rikers Island correction officers sentenced for inmate murder

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Riker's Island Credit: A view of Riker's Island, May 2011. (Getty Images)

Two Rikers Island correction officers were sentenced Tuesday for allowing inmates to beat a teenage inmate to death, according to published reports.

Following a plea deal reached in October, ex-officer Michael McKie, who already has served 21 months, was sentenced to two years in prison for first-degree assault in Bronx Supreme Court. His colleague, ex-officer Khalid Nelson, received a one-year sentence for attempted assault in the death of Christopher Robinson, 18, who was killed in October 2008 in a "fight club"-like beat-down - an operation run by McKie and Nelson.

Robinson's family intends to sue the city.

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