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Former Deputy Gets Two Years In Federal Prison

Former Rusk County Sheriff Deputy, Daniel "Dusty" Flanagan will serve two years in federal prison for violating the civil rights of former prisoner, Shawn Wright.  Flanagan also will serve two years probation for his offense.

In court, Flanagan apologized for his mistake, and parties on both sides felt the punishment fit the crime.  "He made a mistake, he realized it, and he knows he's going to have to pay the price for his mistake, and he's willing to do it," said Bobby Mims, Flanagan's attorney. 

"You don't hear about police officers that put their life on the line, in all sorts of bad situations, and do perfectly well," said Jim Middleton, Assistant United States Attorney.  "You can do a hundred good things, and one bad thing and that's what you end up being remembered for."

Fellow deputy Johnny Leon Davidson, Jr. also pleaded guilty to violating the prisoner's rights. Flanagan will voluntarily turn himself in in May to serve his sentence.

Layron Livingston, Reporting


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