In other words this behavior is just fine and dandy with this Judge. Reminds me of the Dupont case where the judge said "He would not Fare Well in prison" Clearly, the law is not for everyone folks. Chicago, IL - A veteran Cook County Jail guard who cold-cocked an inmate in an attack caught on video was spared prison Monday by a judge who called it "an act of indiscretion." Judge Lawrence Flood imposed a sentence of 18 months of probation on Rico Palomino, a law enforcement heavyweight champion boxer who was said to have an otherwise spotless record in his 15 years at the jail. "In looking at the act itself, it was one slap or punch," the judge said. "That's bad enough, but it isn't any more than that." "I really believe that if you could take it back, you'd do it in a heartbeat," Flood told Palomino, who had about 20 supporters watching in the courtroom at the Leighton Criminal Court Building. "I believe it's an act of indiscretion." After a bench trial in June, Flood convicted Palomino of one count of aggravated battery and two counts of official misconduct, all felonies. He faced a maximum five years in prison. At trial, Palomino testified that he was defending himself against the inmate, identified as Rafael Aleman, but in finding Palomino guilty, the judge said the video clearly showed Aleman had his hands down when Palomino struck him once in the face, knocking him to the floor. Prosecutors had asked the judge to give Palomino a sentence that would send a message to other law enforcement officers. "This defendant wasn't just another thug committing a crime on the street — he was worse," said Assistant State's Attorney Lauren Freeman. "He was a thug committing a crime behind his badge. He was using his badge and uniform to beat up on someone who did not deserve it."