Beating Suspect Has Long Rap Sheet

Beating Suspect Has Long Rap Sheet

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LOXLEY, Alabama -

Anthony Knight didn't have much to say today heading out of the Foley Police Department building.  He did offer a brief apology while surrounded by TV cameras

“I apologize to her and her family, I’m sorry for what I did,” said Knight as he was being escorted into a police car.  He's no stranger to police.  Since 2002 he's been booked in Baldwin County a dozen times.  Most of those arrests were for burglary charges.  He was also arrested once in Mobile County for drug possession.  Knight is a suspect accused of beating a Foley teacher. 

He lived at the Loxley Community Work center along with more than 300 other inmates. Normally inmates are only out during work hours but the Alabama Department of Corrections says Knight was out on furlough when the attack happened.  Knight was serving a 15 year sentence for a 2010 burglary in Baldwin County--and due for a parole hearing in December.  A Department of Corrections spokesman says work release is reserved inmates considered at the lowest risk to the general public.  Several homes line the boarder around the work center.  Most of the people who live around the center say they're not worried about safety--more concerned about noise but this latest incident has a few people worried.

“Yes it does I'm a widow and I live here by myself you didn't have to do that,” says Katherine McCaw who lives near the Loxley center.  An ADOC spokesman says at this time there are no plans to change inmate check-in and check-out procedures.

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