Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

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January 31, 2014

Stinnett scheduled to be released soon

GLASGOW — The man who said he was beaten by former Barren County Sheriff Chris Eaton and other officers following a 2010 police pursuit is expected to be released soon, according to the Kentucky Department of Corrections.

Billy Randall Stinnett, 33, was sentenced in November 2010 to 20 years in prison on an array of charges stemming from a February 2010 chase that ended at a Glasgow church. Stinnett claimed that he was beaten by Eaton and other officers after he had been handcuffed, accusations that ultimately resulted in Eaton’s conviction in May on two counts of federal witness tampering.

Eaton was sentenced in August to 18 months in prision and two years of supervised release, but he is free on bond while his appeal is pending.

Lisa Lamb, director of communications for the department of corrections, said Friday that Stinnett was eligible for parole after fulfilling 20 percent of his sentence.

Lamb said Stinnett will be sent to a substance abuse program upon his release. According to a department of corrections release, Stinnett is scheduled to be released Monday, but Lamb said he won’t be let out of jail until the DOC finds a substance-abuse program for him to enter.

The notification said Stinnett is planning to live in Louisville.

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