Former sheriff's deputies sentenced for beating handcuffed man

MONTGOMERY, AL (WXTX) - Two former Russell County Sheriff's deputies were in court Friday to be sentenced after being found guilty of beating a man who was handcuffed.

Kirby Dollar has been sentenced to 46 months in federal prison and was ordered to pay restitution to the victim, Patrick Harrington.

Dollar accepted a plea deal and pled guilty in August to avoid going to trial.

Tim Watford was sentenced to 34 months in prison and must pay $5,000 in restitution.

Both men were convicted last year of deprivation of rights under color of law.

Supporters urged the judge to show leniency because of their military and law enforcement service.  But prosecutors said the men brought shame on the badge and severely injured Harrington.

Authorities say Harrington was found by bail bondsmen. Harrington said Dollar and Watford arrived at the scene and beat him.

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