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Ex-Jefferson sheriff held in regional jail temporarily

MOUNDSVILLE, W.Va. -- A former sheriff convicted in the beating of a bank robber is being held at the Northern Regional Jail in Moundsville until the U.S. Bureau of Prisons has a bed for him.

Ex-Jefferson County sheriff Robert Shirley was sentenced Monday to a year in prison for violating the civil rights of Mark Daniel Haines after a high-speed chase.

U.S. District Judge John Preston Bailey's order requests the bureau house Shirley as close as possible to Kearneysville. But regional jails often hold inmates until beds open up.

Sara Ahrens of the U.S. Marshals Service said Wednesday that precautions are being taken to ensure Shirley's safety. She declined to elaborate.

Marshals are waiting for the bureau to decide where Shirley will be sent. Ahrens says that typically takes two to four weeks.

 


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