By The Associated Press
OXFORD – Federal authorities say a Choctaw County sheriff’s deputy has been indicted on charges he let his police dog attack a man for no legitimate reason.
A news release from the U.S. attorney’s office Thursday said Billy C. Scott Jr. was indicted last week on civil rights violations and obstruction of justice.
Scott pleaded not guilty. He was released Thursday on a $25,000 bond. Trial was set for March 28.
Scott faces a maximum punishment of 10 years in prison for the civil rights offenses and 20 years in prison for the false statements offense.
His attorney did not immediately respond to a request for comment.