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Judge: Ex-deputy violated rights of detainee

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) - A federal judge has ruled that a former Barren County Sheriff's deputy violated the constitutional rights of a man under arrest.

U.S. District Judge Joseph McKinley found that Adam Minor used excessive force on Billy Stinnett after a 2010 chase.

The Daily News reported decision is the latest in the long-running case involving former Barren County Sheriff Chris Eaton and other officials.

Stinnett claimed in a civil suit filed in federal court in 2011 that Eaton, Minor and other officers struck him or failed to intervene when others struck him after he was arrested.

The incident led to federal criminal charges against five officers, with Minor pleading guilty to providing false information to federal investigators and Eaton convicted of two counts of witness tampering.

Eaton has appealed his conviction.

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