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Former Bryan County sheriff’s deputy indicted on federal civil rights charges

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Former Bryan County sheriff’s deputy indicted on federal civil rights charges
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MUSKOGEE — A federal grand jury has indicted a former Bryan County sheriff’s lieutenant on federal civil rights violations and obstruction of justice for allegedly using a Taser on a woman and two jail inmates last year.

The U.S. Department of Justice announced the six-count indictment Tuesday afternoon against Kevin Bennett Holt, 48, Achille.

Prosecutors accused Holt of using a Taser on two occasions on a woman who had been arrested, plus using a Taser on two male inmates during incidents in September and November 2010.

Sheriff Bill Sturch said his office initiated the investigation into allegations against Holt last year and after about a month, turned the case over to the FBI due to the alleged civil rights violations.

Under federal law, using excessive force against an inmate is a civil rights violation.

A former sheriff’s deputy who once spoke with the Democrat about the case, said that among the allegations was that Holt had used a Taser against inmates who were in a restraint chair.

Federal prosecutors said Holt is specifically charged with deprivation of rights under color of law, falsifying a written statement and lying to the FBI.

Holt resigned from the sheriff’s office in January. He was also once a police officer in Achille.

If convicted on the civil rights counts, Holt faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison on each count. The false statement count has a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, and lying to the FBI carries a maximum sentence of five years. He could also be fined up to $250,000.

The case is being investigated by the Oklahoma City Division of the FBI. It is being jointly prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma and the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice.

Read more: Durant Daily Democrat – Former Bryan County sheriff’s deputy indicted on federal civil rights charges

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Written by dawneworswick

November 28, 2011 at 9:29 pm

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  1. The ‘civil rights violations’ are pale in comparison with TORTURE. Electrocuting prisoners is TORTURE. Electrocuting anyone is TORTURE, unless it is punishment that leads to lawful death as in DEATH PENALTY.

    What punishment should this puke receive? Well, at least the same ELECTROCUTION he applied to his victims – publickly – and financial restitution taken from him personally paid to his victims.

    God damn his soul.

    VINDICATOR OF YAH

    November 28, 2011 at 9:43 pm


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