- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 22, 2015

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A former Rio Arriba County Sheriff will remain in federal prison in Texas while awaiting his appeal charges of violating a person’s civil rights while using a handgun.

Former Sheriff Tommy Rodella was sentenced in January to 10 years in federal prison for abusing a driver in an off-duty traffic stop that prosecutors described as road rage.

The Albuquerque Journal reports (https://bit.ly/1Di053c) that Rodella’s attorneys were unable to secure his release from prison.

U.S. District Judge James O. Browning denied the appeal and said Rodella has no exceptional circumstances that would warrant release.

Rodella’s request said he should be released because he has a strong appeal, is in poor health and has status as a law enforcement officer, among other reasons.

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Information from: Albuquerque Journal, https://www.abqjournal.com

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