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Pinellas detention deputies arrested on felony misconduct charges

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Klaus Reinert (left) and Mark Capanna (right) Klaus Reinert (left) and Mark Capanna (right)
Inmate/victim Casio Burton Inmate/victim Casio Burton

Two Pinellas County Sheriff's Office detention deputies are off the job and facing felonies for official misconduct in connection with an inmate beating.

Sheriff Bob Gualtieri says Deputies Mark Capanna and Klaus Reinert were transferring an inmate, Casio Burton, from Pinellas to Pasco County.  The incident happened on Oct. 2, 2013. 

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Investigators say Casio, 28, had requested that Deputy Mark Capanna, 44, provide him some information regarding his visitation list.

As Casio stood outside the control room at the Pinellas County Jail, waiting to be transferred, investigators say he raised his hands in the air in an attempt to ask Capanna, who was inside the control room, if he had checked his visitation list.  Detectives say that Deputy Reinert exited and used profanity to ask the inmate what he wanted.  Reinert then returned to the control room, and Casio kept trying to get the attention of Deputy Capanna.

Investigators say Deputy Reinert became agitated, came out of the control room again, and got into a verbal argument with the inmate, which escalated into a physical one when Reinert punched Burton in the face.

According to investigators, inmate Burton hit Reinert back.  Deputy Reinert fell to the ground, and detectives say when he got back up, he kept fighting with Burton. Deputy Capanna then pulled the two apart.

Detectives say neither detention deputy reported the incident, or documented the use of force, as per policy.  Detectives began investigating the matter after several inmates who witnessed the physical altercation reported it to jail staff.  An Internal Affairs investigation was launched as well.

Detectives say after the investigation began and the detention deputies were asked about the incident, the two detention deputies fabricated a report in which they stated there was no physical altercation; and that Detention Deputy Reinert had slipped and fallen on wet floor when the inmate approached him in an aggressive manner.

Detectives say Deputy Capanna later admitted he had misrepresented the facts.

Both detention deputies resigned while under investigation.

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As a result of the criminal investigation, the two turned themselves in to the Pinellas County Jail on November 19, 2013. Reinert and Capanna were arrested for official misconduct. Reinert was also charged with battery.

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