Ex-Cop Pleads Guilty In Excessive Force Case< < Back to
The federal prosecutor in Columbus says former Franklin Township officer Robert Wells pleaded guilty Wednesday to deprivation of rights under color of law.
Authorities say cellphone video from a May 1 vehicle pursuit showed Wells kicking an 18-year-old suspect while the man was on the ground. Wells later resigned.
Defense attorney Mark Collins says Wells didn’t realize the man was being handcuffed. Collins says the 49-year-old is taking responsibility for what he now realizes was excessive force.
Collins says Wells’ plea agreement calls for a sentence ranging from probation to two years in prison, and an obstruction charge would be dismissed.
The sentencing isn’t scheduled.