- Associated Press - Friday, February 12, 2016

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A man is suing the Knox County Sheriff’s Office, saying he was illegally detained for 22 days for a sentence he already served.

The Knoxville News Sentinel reports (https://bit.ly/1Ru49Ix) the case filed in federal court says Bernie Ray McGill was jailed on Jan. 20, 2015, after a drunken-driving arrest. Two days later, a judge ordered him released.

But Sheriff’s Office Capt. Steve Bravo declined to release McGill, saying he had skipped out on a 180-day sentence from 2011.

Records show the 180-day sentence was to be served concurrently with a three-year sentence, and McGill finished the entire sentence in October 2013.

According to the lawsuit, McGill was only released after he hired an attorney who filed a petition with the court.

Sheriff’s office officials declined to comment.

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