Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

August 21, 2013

Former Barren County sheriff appeals verdict

Staff report
Glasgow Daily Times

GLASGOW — A notice of appeal for Chris Eaton, former sheriff of Barren County, was entered into federal court records Tuesday.

The appeal in the case of United States of America v. Christopher Brian Eaton was filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit for final judgement in a criminal case from Aug. 9 by Eaton’s defense attorney J. Guthrie True.

Eaton is appealing the verdict of the jury, the trial court’s memorandum opinion and order entered on July 16 and the statement of reasons on Aug. 9, which is a sealed document.

The jury found Eaton guilty of two counts of witness tampering at the end of his trial in May even though he was acquitted of the primary charges of deprivation of rights and making false statements to federal investigators.

The case stems from a Feb. 24, 2010, chase and subsequent arrest of Billy Randall Stinnett during which time he was allegedly assaulted by Eaton and other members of law enforcement after he was already handcuffed.

Sheriff’s deputies Adam Minor and Aaron Bennett, and Barren-Edmonson County Drug Task Force Detective Eric Guffey were also indicted along with Eaton.

Minor made a plea deal with federal prosecutors for testifying against the other defendents and received two years probation.

Bennett and Guffey were acquitted of all charges.

Eaton was sentenced on Aug. 1 to 18 months incarceration and two years of supervised release thereafter by Chief Judge Joseph McKinley.  

Eaton may remain free on bond during the appeals process.