NEW INFO: No Prison Time For Former Chief Deputy In Punching Inmate Case


A former chief deputy in Eastern Carolina will not spend time in prison after being sentenced today for assaulting an inmate.

Timothy Lassiter was chief deputy for the Hertford County Sheriff's Office when he was charged last summer with assault inflicting serious injury and simple assault after a courtroom disturbance. Federal investigators said the deputy repeatedly punched Troy Powell in the face and body while the man was still in handcuffs.

In June of this year, Lassiter plead guilty to violating the inmate's civil rights.

Lassiter faced up to 10 years in prison.

He was sentenced to four years probation with nine months of home confinement. He must also perform 250 hours of community service.


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A former chief deputy sheriff has been indicted by a federal grand jury for violating an inmate's civil rights.

Timothy Lassiter was charged this summer with assault inflicting serious injury and simple assault after an altercation took place in a courtroom involving inmate Troy Powell, Lassiter and Deputy Charles Reynolds. At the time Lassiter was chief deputy for the Hertford County Sheriff's Office.

Lassiter was suspended with pay after his arrest, but is now no longer with the Sheriff's Office.

The federal indictment claims Lassiter struck and assaulted Powell, who was in custody awaiting trial. It says the assault violated the inmate's due process rights.

If convicted, Lassiter would face a maximum 10 years in federal prison.


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