Ex-SC deputy gets 5 years in civil rights case

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Posted: May 16, 2011 12:46 PM
Ex-SC deputy gets 5 years in civil rights case

A former South Carolina sheriff's deputy has been sentenced to more than five years in prison for violating an inmate's civil rights when he broke the man's leg in an attack caught on jailhouse surveillance cameras.

Oddie (OH-dee) Tribble was sentenced Monday in federal court in Columbia. He will remain free on bail until he is ordered to report to federal prison.

Tribble was convicted in February. He was fired in August after video surfaced showing him striking inmate Charles Shelley 27 times, breaking the handcuffed man's leg.

Tribble, who had been a deputy in Kershaw County, testified he hit Shelley because the inmate was drunk, belligerent and had made threats against the officer's wife and daughter during the ride to jail.

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