|Published: 8:57 AM, 07/31/2013
||Last updated: 8:58 AM, 07/31/2013
Author: Michael Thomason
Source: The Monroe County Advocate
MADISONVILLE-Four months after one
former deputy was granted diversion on a charge of mistreating a
prisoner, the other officer involved was given the same option.
Former Capt. John Wilburn was given
diversion in April and now former Jailer Thomas Goodman has the same
They were indicted on charges of
assault and official oppression stemming from an incident in which
they abused a prisoner handcuffed to a chair in January 2012. Both
men pled guilty to the assault charge and the oppression charges were
The two resigned from their jobs and it
looked like there wouldn't be any charges filed, but District
Attorney Steve Bebb had the assault charges filed at the beginning of
The oppression charges were added after
the case was heard by the grand jury.
Judge Amy Reedy ruled that since both
men were charged in the same case, it was only fair that Goodman
receive the same sentence Wilburn was given in April. If both men
stay out of trouble, the charge against them will be erased from
See full story in the Wednesday, July 31, edition of The Advocate & Democrat.
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