Former Carroll Co. deputy pleads guilty to using Taser on restrained detainee

CARROLL COUNTY, Tenn. — A former lieutenant with the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office has pleaded guilty to a civil rights violation for using a Taser on a restrained detainee, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. Jeanette Sue Barnes, 48, pleaded guilty in federal court in Jackson to one count of deprivation of rights under color of law, according to a Department of Justice release. Barnes admitted during the hearing to using her Taser on March 22 to drive-stun a pre-trial detainee for 12 seconds even though he was secured in a restraint chair and posed no threat, according to the release. As a result of the assault, the detainee suffered pain and burns to his skin, the release states. Barnes is scheduled to be sentenced Feb. 18 and faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison. The FBI and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation investigated the case.

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