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Interrogation in Campbell County
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Lester Eugene Siler and his wife, Jenny, confer with their attorneys at the Fox & Farley Law Office in Clinton.

Eugene Siler was allegedly beaten and threatened by five Campbell County Sheriff's deputies on July 8, 2004. The abuse was taped on a hidden recorder placed by Jenny Siler and the officers have since been charged.

The Officers

Gerald David Webber

Samuel R. Franklin

Joshua Monday

Shayne Green

William Carroll
PDF: Webber's statement to TBI
PDF: Webber's sentencing memorandum
PDF: Prosecution response to Webber's setencing requests
PDF: Franklin's first statement to TBI
PDF: Franklin's grand jury testimony
PDF: Franklin's second statement to TBI
PDF: Franklin's sentencing memorandum
PDF: Prosecution response to Franklin's setencing requests
PDF: Monday's sentencing memorandum
PDF: Prosection response to Monday's setencing requests
PDF: Green's statement to TBI
PDF: Green's sentencing memorandum
PDF: Prosecution response to Green's setencing requests
PDF: Order sealing all documents in Carroll's case



Transcript, tape filed for hearing of lawmen
Nearly a year after five Campbell County lawmen beat and tortured a drug dealer, a secret audio recording that captured 40 minutes of the two-hour attack has been filed in U.S. District Court.

2 more ex-Campbell deputies jailed
The man who once headed the Campbell County Sheriff's Department's narcotics squad is behind bars, ordered there Tuesday by a federal judge after he admitted torturing a drug dealer.

Ex-narcotics chief behind bars
Even with four of the five lawmen who beat and tortured him behind bars, Lester Eugene Siler cannot rest easy, his attorney said Thursday.

Campbell County lawmen to plead guilty
Four Campbell County lawmen will plead guilty this week to the beating and torture of a drug dealer, and federal prosecutors will ask a judge to put them behind bars pending sentencing.

State may dismiss charges
If federal prison doors clang shut on five former Campbell County lawmen accused of beating and torturing a drug dealer, the file on state charges against them likely will be closed, an official said Thursday. "The position we've taken is if they are convicted in federal court, that will pre-empt us because the federal penalties are greater than ours," Campbell County District Attorney General Paul Phillips said.

Tape reveals terrifying campaign in war on drugs
They launched the attack with a stunningly simple message. "It's (expletive) over, son." For two hours, authorities say, that message would be pounded into Lester Eugene Siler's head and body, reinforced with the barrel of a gun and echoed in threats of electrocution. (February 6, 2005)

Ex-deputies may cop plea
Five former Campbell County deputies are expected to plead guilty to charges stemming from torturing a suspect last year, according to documents filed in federal court. The documents state that the handcuffed man was beaten, his head shoved or attempted to have been shoved into a fish tank and an overflowing toilet, that a gun was brandished in his face and that he was hooked up to a battery charger.

RELATED...
 Lester Eugene Siler's statement
 Keeping track

FBI probing Campbell case
The FBI has been investigating the case of five former Campbell County Sheriff's deputies who were involved in a July 8 incident in which a drug suspect was allegedly beaten and tortured in his home, the News Sentinel has learned. (November 20, 2004)

Ex-Campbell officers enter innocent plea
HUNTSVILLE, Tenn. — Four former Campbell County Sheriff's Department officers accused of abusing a probation violator and lying about it pleaded innocent Friday. (July 31, 2004)

Four officers indicted in Campbell beating case
JACKSBORO, Tenn. — Four Campbell County Sheriff's Department officers were indicted Wednesday on charges of official oppression against a probation violator and his wife. They also were charged with perjury. A fifth officer was exonerated. (July 29, 2004)

Alleged abuse on audiotape
At least part of an incident in which five Campbell County Sheriff’s Department officers are alleged to have abused Lester Eugene Siler after they arrested him was caught on an audiotape on a machine at Siler’s home, the News Sentinel has learned. (July 22, 2004)

Campbell sheriff fires 5 officers
Five Campbell County Sheriff's Department officers — including two of the force's four detectives — have been fired for allegedly abusing a suspect they had arrested, Sheriff Ron McClellan announced Tuesday. (July 21, 2004)

More information about the officers who have been charged

Gerald David Webber

  • Charge: Felony conspiracy to violate civil rights
  • Age: 40
  • Position: Former narcotics investigator
  • Hire date: Nov. 5, 1997 Webber was the department's primary narcotics officer and was assigned full time to drug cases, for which he has had extensive schooling. He graduated from a law enforcement training academy in Florida with high marks in all courses. His file contains numerous letters and certificates of appreciation. He previously worked for the Leon County, Fla., Sheriff's Office and Jacksboro Police Department.



    Samuel R. Franklin

  • Charge: Felony conspiracy to violate civil rights
  • Age: 42
  • Position: Former detective
  • Hire date: May 10, 1987 Franklin is a 1989 graduate of the Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy. His duties included being the department's primary sex crimes investigator, and he was also the department's D.A.R.E. officer.

    His file contains numerous letters and certificates of appreciation from the community. It also contains comments that he "displays fair decision-making skills" and that he did not always "get along well with other officers on his shift or other shifts, which directly affects his ability to supervise."



    Joshua Monday

  • Charge: Felony possession of a firearm in relation to a crime of violence
  • Age: 24
  • Position: Former deputy and patrol officer
  • Hire date: March 2004 Monday graduated with honors from Campbell County High School in 1998 and was a forklift operator before applying at the Sheriff's Department in March. He was not a state-certified police officer but was scheduled to enroll in the state law enforcement training academy last fall.

    The file provided to the News Sentinel contained little other information.



    Shayne Green

  • Charge: Felony conspiracy to violate civil rights
  • Age: 35
  • Position: Former auxiliary officer
  • Hire date: April 2004 Green, who was the chief of the Jacksboro Fire Department, was hired as a part-time process server. He was not a state-certified police officer. The file on him provided to the News Sentinel contained only his employment application, dated Feb. 11, 2003. He listed Franklin as one of his references.

    William Carroll

  • Charge: Felony conspiracy to violate civil rights
  • Age: 26
  • Position: Former auxiliary officer
  • Hire date: Oct. 29, 2003, as an unpaid officer; March 1, 2004, as a paid officer. Carroll was a full-time process server. He also worked as a transportation officer. He was not a state-certified police officer.