A former West Virginia sheriff was sentenced today to a year and a day in federal prison for beating a bank robber following a chase in 2010.
Robert E. Shirley, the former sheriff of Jefferson County, W.Va., which borders Maryland south of Hagerstown, had pleaded guilty in January to violating the civil rights of Mark Haines after a December 2010 two-county chase.
Sheriff Shirley, who resigned prior to his plea, was accused of kicking Mr. Haines in the head at least five times, breaking his nose and orbital bone, on Dec. 27, 2010.
He was also charged with falsifying a use of force report about the incident to obsruct the FBI investigation, but that charge was dismissed as part of a plea agreement.
Mr. Haines, who testified at the sentencing hearing, pleaded guilty to robbing a different bank in 2011 and is serving 18 years in prison.