Florida deputy charged with violating suspect's rights

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Posted: Jan 27, 2016 1:16 PM

OCALA, Fla. (AP) — A former Florida deputy sheriff has been charged with violating the rights of a suspect by excessive force.

Federal prosecutors said Wednesday that Jesse Terrell was indicted by a federal grand jury.

The indictment says that 33-year-old Terrell hit and kicked the unidentified suspect in the head, neck and shoulders in August 2014.

If convicted, Terrell faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

Terrell was fired last year after surveillance video of the encounter was made public.

Four other deputies involved in the confrontation resigned from the force. Two of the deputies have pleaded guilty and are cooperating with authorities.

Terrell's attorney, Charles Holloman, said in an email that Terrell planned to plead not guilty.