A former West Virginia sheriff will learn his fate Monday for his role in the beating of a bank robbery suspect after a high-speed car chase in December 2010.
Ex-Jefferson County Sheriff Robert "Bobby" Shirley is set to appear in Wheeling before U.S. District Judge John Preston Bailey.
Shirley, 60, faces as many as 10 years in prison for violating the rights of suspect Mark Daniel Haines after a chase through the Eastern Panhandle.
The beating was captured on a police vehicle's surveillance video. Haines is also expected to testify during Shirley's hearing. Court documents say Haines suffered scrapes and bruises on his face and back, a hemorrhage in his right eye, and a broken nose, rib and eye socket.
Shirley was defiant after his indictment last summer, initially vowing that his actions would be vindicated. While still campaigning for re-election, he said lives were on the line and instant decisions were required.
"I don't know who I'm dealing with or what he's got. I know he said he had a gun," Shirley said at the time. "I know I thought I saw a gun. ... I'm not ashamed of anything I've done."
Shirley was re-elected in November even as he faced the federal charges, but he resigned and pleaded guilty in January to deprivation of rights under the color of law. A second count of falsifying records was dismissed.
He's been on home confinement while awaiting sentencing.
Haines has filed a civil lawsuit against Shirley and other officers. It's set to be tried Nov. 19 in Martinsburg.