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Ex-SC deputy to be sentenced in civil rights case

May 16, 2011 5:57:00 AM - thestate.com
A former Kershaw County sheriff's deputy is to be sentenced 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 faces up to 10 years in prison and $250,000 in fines when he's sentenced in Columbia on Monday. Tribble has been out on bond since his February trial.

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

Tribble testified he hit Shelley because the inmate was drunk, belligerent and had made threats against the officer's wife and daughter during the ride from the traffic checkpoint where he was arrested and the jail.

Prosecutors said Tribble was angry and used unjustified force against the man.

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