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Judge affirms 14-month sentence for ex-Putnam County deputy

April 15, 2016

A federal judge has affirmed his original sentencing decision for a former central Indiana sheriff's deputy convicted of civil rights violations.

U.S. District Judge William T. Lawrence presided at a resentencing hearing Friday in Terre Haute. The judge gave 39-year-old Terry Joe Smith of Greencastle the same 14-month sentence he did originally.

The former Putnam County deputy was found guilty in 2014 of using excessive force on two people he arrested. An appeals court rejected the sentence in January, calling it too lenient.

Smith was released in late January and is on probation for two years.

The judge said Friday a longer sentence might interrupt the former deputy's anger management classes or cost him his job at a car dealership.

Prosecutors say they will seek another appeal of the sentence.

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