- Associated Press - Monday, March 30, 2015

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - An attorney for a former Des Moines police officer who spent less than two years in prison for severely beating a man during a 2008 traffic stop says putting him back behind bars wouldn’t be beneficial.

In a sentencing brief filed Friday, 31-year-old Mersed Dautovic’s attorney argued that returning him to prison would harm his daughters and negate progress he’s made since his 2012 conviction of using excessive force on Octavius Bonds.

Dautovic finished his federal sentence and was released in January 2014. But in August, a three-member panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals deemed the sentence too lenient and sent Dautovic’s case back for resentencing. The U.S. Supreme Court declined to review the decision.

Dautovic will be resentenced April 20. Prosecutors seek a 14-year prison term.

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Information from: The Des Moines Register, https://www.desmoinesregister.com

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