Decatur Co., Parrish settle Bike Fest lawsuit

Decatur Co., Parrish settle Bike Fest lawsuit

BAINBRIDGE, GA (WALB) - A man who won multiple convictions in federal court over being beaten by sheriff's deputies in Decatur County in 2012 will receive a $200,000  settlement, and the case will end.

A civil suit filed by Ronnie Parrish against Decatur County involved four deputies and the board of commissioners over the incident at the Bike Fest.

Parrish says he was beaten up by deputies who were later convicted on federal charges. One was acquitted.

Decatur County's liability insurance is paying the settlement.

Decatur County Deputies Chris Kines and Wade 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 Parrish.

Former Grady County deputy Wiley Griffin IV, the son of the Decatur County Sheriff, was found not guilty of violating the rights of Parrish.

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