Ex-chief deputy in Grundy County convicted of beating prisoners

Tony Bean convicted on 3 counts of deprivation of rights

CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) – A former chief deputy of the Grundy County Sheriff’s Office was convicted on Friday in Chattanooga federal court.

Tony Bean was found guilty of deprivation of rights involving two incidents while he was the Chief of Police in Tracy City.

An FBI investigation accused both Bean and his son, T.J., of beating suspects who were in handcuffs.

The judge acquitted the charges against T.J. on Friday.

Now Tony awaits a sentencing hearing in June.

Sheriff Clint Shrum, who hired Bean as his Chief Deputy, commented after the verdict.

“This is not the outcome we hoped for, but I certainly respect the decision of the court,” stated Sheriff Shrum.

“I have appointed Larry Sims as Chief Deputy. Chief Sims has proven himself to be a stalwart leader and has fostered good working
relationships both inside and outside of the agency.”

Both Beans had waived their right to a jury trial and let the federal judge rule in the case.

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