Officer Pleads Guilty In Stun-Gun Case

Posted at 10:54 AM, Nov 23, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-23 11:54:37-05

Federal officials say a former lieutenant with the Carroll County Sheriff's Office has pleaded guilty to a civil rights violation for using a stun gun on a restrained detainee.

Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Vanita Gupta, head of the Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division, said Friday that Jeanette Sue Barnes pleaded guilty in federal court in Jackson to one count of deprivation of rights under color of law.

During the plea hearing, Barnes said she used her Taser to stun a pre-trial detainee for 12 seconds on March 22. Officials said the detainee, identified by the initials D.D.P., was secured in a restraint chair and posed no threat to officers. The detainee suffered pain and skin burns.

Barnes faces up to 10 years in prison at sentencing Feb. 18.