CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. -- A bank robber beaten by police after a 2010 high-speed chase has agreed to settle his lawsuit against former Jefferson County Sheriff Robert Shirley and several other officers, his attorney said Wednesday.
Attorney Harry Waddell tells The Journal (http://bit.ly/1azPvFZ ) that insurance companies will pay his client Mark Daniel Haines $90,000, and claims will be dismissed against Shirley and six sheriff's deputies from two counties.
A state trooper has refused to settle, Waddell said, and a motion to add two other police officers to the civil lawsuit is pending in U.S. District Court.
Shirley was re-elected last year while under indictment but resigned and pleaded guilty to violating Haines' civil rights in January.
He was sentenced to a year in prison earlier this month and is being held at the Northern Regional Jail in Moundsville until the U.S. Bureau of Prisons has a bed for him.
The U.S. Marshal's Service says precautions are being taken to ensure Shirley's safety while he awaits transfer.
U.S. District Judge John Preston Bailey rejected pleas that Shirley be allowed to report on his own to a federal facility, saying he was worried about the ex-sheriff's mental state.
A retired state trooper and three community leaders told Bailey that Shirley, 61, has long been an asset to his Eastern Panhandle community and would thrive under third-party supervision on probation. But they also said he hit an emotional low point last fall when his wife filed for divorce and a friend committed suicide.
The one-year sentence he got is less than the 33-month term recommended under federal sentencing guidelines, but Bailey said "any amount of prison time ... is going to be very difficult for him."
The beating was captured on a police vehicle's surveillance video.