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Police chief beats up man and leaves him in bloody for stealing from his friend

By Mason White 7:38 PM January 11, 2017
Police Chief Daniel Winters
By: Wayne Morin

(Scroll down for video) A police chief lost his job after flying into a rage and beating a robbery suspect, according to police in Alabama.

A federal judge has sentenced the former Stevenson police chief, 56-year-old Daniel Winters, to more than two years in prison for beating an arrestee and for standing by while his friend beat the suspect.

U.S. District Court Judge Madeline Hughes Haikala sentenced Winters to 27 months in prison and ordered him to pay restitution of $12,970 on two counts of violating an individual’s civil rights.

A federal jury convicted Winters on those charges. Winters must report to prison in two months.

According to the criminal complaint, Winters and a civilian friend went to a residence to investigate suspicions that property had been stolen from the friend’s business.

Upon arrival, Winters and his friend entered the residence without a search warrant and encountered the victim, identified as D.F.

Winters and his friend then began to beat D.F. The beating moved outside, where Winters and his friend continued to strike and kick the victim in front of the residence.

Over the course of approximately five minutes, Winters not only participated in the beating, but stood by watching his friend beat D.F. and did nothing to stop it.

A passing motorist called 911 to report the beating. D.F. was left bloody with wounds to his face, chest and back, and was taken to the jail at the Stevenson Police Department.

While at the jail, D.F. began to spit up blood. A jailor requested Winters’ permission to call an ambulance, but Winters refused the request.

Eventually, the jailor received permission from another supervisor, and D.F. was transported to a hospital, where he received medical attention.