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Former Kershaw County Sheriff's Deputy indicted for beating suspect

Nov 2, 2010 5:53:00 PM - thestate.com
A former Kershaw County Sheriff's Department deputy who was caught on video as he beat a suspect faces federal criminal charges for his actions.

Oddie Tribble, 51, of Columbia was indicted for using excessive force in striking a handcuffed person he had transported to the Kershaw County Detention Center in August, according to U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles. Tribble faces a maximum punishment of 10 years in prison and $250,000 fine for a civil rights violation.

The Aug. 5 incident, involving inmate Charles Shelley, was captured on two cameras outside a carport where officers drop off inmates who are to be booked in the detention center. In the video, Tribble is seen beating Shelley below the shins. He strikes the inmate at least 25 times with a baton.

Shelley, 38, received a broken leg and multiple bruises in the beating, the Kershaw County Sheriff's Department reported at the time of the incident. Shelley had been arrested on charges of driving on a suspended license and giving false information to an officer.

Tribble was fired from the sheriff's department shortly after the video became public.

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