The U.S. Department of Justice says a criminal investigator with the Macon County Sheriff's Dept. is under indictment following allegations he detained and assaulted a handcuffed man at the county jail.
U.S. Attorney George Beck, Jr. confirms investigator J. Keith McCray was indicted by a federal grand jury on two counts of depravation of rights under color of law and one count of witness tampering.
The incident that lead to the indictment happened on July 4, 2013 when the U.S. Attorney's office says the victim was going door-to-door in McCray's neighborhood attempting to sell alarm systems.
The indictment states that McCrary illegally seized the victim using a firearm, then took the person to the county jail where, while still handcuffed, the person was assaulted.
The witness tampering count is based off allegations that McCray then intimidated the victim and persuaded him not to file an assault complaint.
The case is being handled by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Alabama Bureau of Investigation.
If convicted, Beck's office says McCray could face a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine on each count of depravation of rights as well as a maximum 20 year prison sentence and $250,000 fine for witness tampering.
No trial date has been set at this time.
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