MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A state panel has reduced the punishment for a Wisconsin prison guard who inappropriately pepper sprayed an inmate who was his nephew.
The Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission says the five-day suspension imposed on Dodge Correctional Institution guard Scott Dillman was excessive.
The commission says he should receive a written reprimand instead for the 2005 incident.
The commission says Dillman violated numerous rules when he used pepper spray on his nephew even though there was no risk of immediate harm.
But the commission says Department of Corrections management also bears some blame for putting Dillman in that position.
Dillman had warned supervisors days before the incident he did not get along with his nephew and should be separated from him.