Man sentenced for deputy assault

Published: Nov. 16, 2021 at 12:14 PM EST
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PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) - A man who was accused of punching a Wood County deputy sheriff during a fight last year will spend one to five years behind bars.

Court officials say Shawn Michael Bailey pleaded guilty to unlawful assault.

Judge J.D. Beane sentenced him to no less than one year and no more than five years in prison Monday morning.

Bailey, his younger brother Paul, and an unknown woman were confronted by a deputy sheriff in October 2020 while they were walking along Stillwell Road.

The deputy was checking on reports of people harassing cars as they drove by in the area.

When the deputy pulled up, he said Paul Bailey attacked his cruiser.

He then tried to arrest Paul, but was “sucker punched” by Shawn.

The deputy was seriously hurt during the fight and had to have reconstructive surgery.

It ended after the deputy fatally shot Paul Bailey.

A grand jury said the deputy was justified in the shooting, and he was cleared by an internal investigation conducted by the sheriff’s office.

You can read our previous coverage here.

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