A former Kershaw County Sheriff’s deputy accused of beating a handcuffed man faces 10 years in prison after being found guilty by a federal jury in Columbia.
The jury deliberated for almost two days before finding former deputy Oddie Tribble guilty Thursday of violating a detainees’ civil rights after he struck inmate Charles Shelley more than 20 times with a metal baton in August. At the time, Tribble was taking Shelley to a county jail for a drug possession charge.
Tribble testified that while they were in transit, Shelley began threatening both the deputy and his family. Other passengers in the van also mentioned the threats. Shelley admitted on the witness stand last week that he “lost his head,” but said he did not make the threats. After the van arrived at the Kershaw County Detention Center, surveillance video showed Tribble striking Shelley repeatedly with his baton.
Shelley said he suffered a broken leg during the beating. He was taken to a local emergency room immediately after the incident. Tribble was later fired.
The trial also featured testimony by SC Criminal Justice Academy instructor Bruce Hancock, who said officers are trained to handle threats.
The jurors were told they were to consider whether the 27 baton strikes by Tribble were “excessive force.” The jury agreed that Tribble went too far.
Tribble’s sentencing is scheduled for May. He faces up to 10 years in prison.