Local & Regional
Sat January 12, 2013
Guilty To Civil Rights Charge for Ex-Oklahoma Deputy
SULPHUR, Okla. (AP) — A former Murray County sheriff's deputy has pleaded guilty to a civil rights violation for allegedly using unreasonable force.
The Justice Department said Friday that 39-year-old Craig Billings pleaded guilty to a one-count bill of information that charged him of deprivation of rights.
Court documents show that Billings was accused of physically attacking a handcuffed person and banged his head on the floor at the Murray County Jail when the victim wasn't posing a threat.
A judge ordered Billings into custody after he entered his guilty plea. Sentencing will be set later, and Billings faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.
The case was pursued by the FBI and the Justice Department.