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Jefferson County sheriff must stay in state while awaiting trial

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- An Eastern Panhandle sheriff accused of beating a bank robbery suspect cannot carry a firearm or leave the Northern District of West Virginia without permission while awaiting trial.

Jefferson County Sheriff Robert Shirley pleaded not guilty Monday in U.S. District Court in Martinsburg and was released on his own recognizance.

The 60-year-old sheriff is charged with violating the civil rights of suspect Mark Daniel Haines in December 2010 and falsifying records during an investigation of the incident. If convicted on both counts, he could get up to 30 years in prison and a $500,000 fine.

Magistrate David Joel's order also prohibits Shirley from drinking alcohol and having contact with any possible witness in the case. Shirley is running for re-election this fall and says he'll remain in the race.


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