Deputies fired after federal court convictions

Deputies fired after federal court convictions
The federal courthouse in Albany, GA.

GRADY CO., GA (WALB) - Three convicted sheriff's deputies have been fired after a federal jury returned guilty verdicts in a trial of excessive force.

Decatur County Sheriff Wiley Griffin confirmed that Deputies Chris Kines, Wade Umbach, and Elizabeth Crowley were no longer employed at the sheriff's office.

In a statement, Sheriff Griffin said he was disappointed in the jury's decision.

Deputies Kines and Umbach were found guilty of tampering with a witness, but were found not guilty of making false entries.

Deputy Elizabeth Croley was found guilty of violating the constitutional rights of Aaron Parrish.

Parrish sued Decatur County in September 2012, accusing the deputies of violating his rights. He said he was beaten by deputies at a festival in Bainbridge, GA.

Decatur County will be expected to pay for the attorney's fees associated with the case and trial.

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