Former Indiana deputy gets 14 months in prison

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — A central Indiana sheriff’s deputy found guilty of using excessive force on two people he arrested has been sentenced to 14 months in federal prison.

U. S. District Judge William T. Lawrence sentenced 38-year-old Terry Joe Smith of Greencastle on Thursday. The former Putnam County deputy sheriff was convicted in September of two counts of civil rights violations for punching one man in the face and for throwing a handcuffed man to the ground as he was placing him in the back of a squad car.

Smith was found innocent of two other counts of civil rights violation.

Acting United States Attorney Josh Minkler says the public has a right to expect better from its law enforcement officers.

Smith’s attorney has said he will appeal his convictions. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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