The U.S. government is standing by the evidence it presented and the convictions it achieved in federal court against Barren County Sheriff Chris Eaton, in a memorandum filed Monday in response to Eaton’s May 23 motion for judgment of acquittal regarding his two convictions of witness tampering.
After being accused of using excessive force in the Feb. 24, 2010, arrest of Billy Randall Stinnett, Eaton was acquitted of all charges related to assault and lying to federal investigators at the end of a nine-day trial in U.S. District Court in Bowling Green at the beginning of May. However, he was found guilty on two charges of witness tampering for influencing then-deputies Steve Runyon and Adam Minor to report and testify to false information about Stinnett’s knife during the federal investigation into the Feb. 24, 2010, incident.
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