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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Florida

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Former Marion County Deputy Charged With Excessive Use Of Force

Tampa, FL – United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces the return of an indictment charging former Marion County Deputy Sheriff Jesse Alan Terrell, 33, with violating the civil rights of “D.P.”, an unnamed victim, by using excessive force during an arrest.  

The indictment alleges that on Aug. 7, 2014, Terrell, while working as a deputy sheriff with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, assaulted “D.P.,” resulting in bodily injury.  The indictment alleges that Terrell repeatedly struck, kneed and kicked the victim in the head, neck and shoulder area.

If convicted, the defendant faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

An indictment is merely an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Four other deputies from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office were previously charged for their roles in the August 2014 incident. Cody Hoppel, Adam Crawford, James Amidei, and Trevor Fitzgerald have each pleaded guilty to federal civil rights violations and are currently awaiting sentencing.

This case is being investigated by the FBI’s Jacksonville Division, and is being prosecuted by U.S. Attorney Bentley and Mark Blumberg and Maura White of the Civil Rights Division’s Criminal Section.

Updated February 4, 2016