Wednesday, April 16, 2014

DEKALB SHERIFF’S DEPUTY PLEADS GUILTY IN PRISONER BRUTALITY CASE

State vs. Dameco Moses

Atlanta– Fulton County District Attorney Paul L. Howard, Jr. announces a conviction by guilty plea in the brutality case involving a former Dekalb County Sheriff’s Deputy. During plea proceedings Tuesday 36-year-old Dameco Moses pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of simple battery for injuring a suspect in his care.

In his role as a Sheriff’s Deputy, Moses was assigned to the Fugitive Unit which had been tracking a man named Royce Cross who was wanted on several probation violations. Cross eluded capture for several months until he was tracked down on June 25, 2012 at a Dekalb home. Cross led officers on a high-speed chase down Intestate 20 into Fulton County. The chase ended when Mr. Cross crashed head-on into a tractor trailer and then fled on foot into the woods. He was arrested three days later in South Fulton County in a joint operation by the U.S. Marshal’s Service and the Dekalb County Sheriff’s Department. During the half mile ride from the arrest location to a nearby staging area, Defendant Moses, who was seated in the rear of the unmarked police car with the suspect, punched Mr. Cross in the face several times. The victim was handcuffed, shackled and restrained by a seatbelt during the deputy’s assault.

Another deputy who was seated in the front of the vehicle intervened and later reported the incident to a supervisor. The case was forwarded to the Dekalb Sheriff’s Department’s Office of Professional Standards for investigation. Deputy Moses was initially placed on administrative leave without pay and then terminated for his actions. Moses was later indicted by a Fulton County Grand Jury and scheduled for trial this week.

Under the terms of his plea agreement, Moses was sentenced to12 months’ probation by Fulton County Superior Court Judge Shawn LaGrua. Moses must also pay a $2500 fine which will be donated to a yet to be determined benevolent law enforcement organization.

Moses must also surrender his Peace Officer Standards Training (POST) certification which prevents him from ever being employed in law enforcement again.

The case was prosecuted by Senior Assistant District Attorney Jay Hughes assigned to the Public Integrity Unit with assistance from Chief Senior ADA Melissa Redmon and Senior DA Investigators Benjie Fennell and Cameron Crandall. Investigators S. Spears of the Dekalb County Sheriff’s Department Office of Professional Standards led the initial investigation.

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