160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Sheppard, who was not jailed, is on leave pending further investigation. He is scheduled to appear in court April 26 on charges of mistreatment of an inmate and misconduct by a public officer. A jail guard in Mankato, Minn., has been suspended after allegedly thumping an inmate with a Bible. James Lee Sheppard, 56, has been charged with two gross misdemeanors for allegedly swatting a Blue Earth County Jail inmate with the book, grabbing him by the throat and slamming him against steel bars on Feb. 8, according to the criminal complaint. A video shows a guard entering the cell of inmate Jeremy Hansen, 26. The guard takes Hansen’s Bible and strikes him in the side of the face with it. The two exchange words as the guard walks away, said an officer who watched the video. The entire confrontation was not captured on video because of an object obstructing the camera. Dennis McCoy, Blue Earth County administrator, said Sheppard was the first to report the confrontation. “He knew he violated policy and, to his credit, he turned himself in,” McCoy said.