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Inmate files suit vs. sheriff's office, attorneys

Friday, July 20, 2012

A Bedford County man who pleaded guilty to child rape eight years ago has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against a number of individuals in relation to his case.

Brian Keith Milstead filed a complaint for violation of civil rights against the Bedford County Sheriff's Department, Circuit Court Judge Robert Crigler, public defenders Andrew Jackson Dearing III and Donna Hargrove, assistant district attorneys Mike Randals and Ann Lacy Filer, along with April Hernandez.

According to the T-G archives, Milstead pled guilty to rape of a child and related charges in November 2004, receiving sentences of 12 and three years to be served concurrently. The state's felony offender database states his sentence will end on July 14, 2014. He is incarcerated at the South Central Correctional Facility in Clifton.

Suit claims

In a handwritten filing, Milstead claimed that on July 2, 2004, Hernandez violated his rights by filing a false police report on him and calling the sheriff's department to questioning. Milstead also states the sheriff's department violated his rights "by questioning me without a lawyer after I asked for one."

He goes on to claim that prosecuting attorneys Randals and Filer violated his rights on Nov. 15, 2004 "by making a deal with my attorney after I felled (sic) a mental Health evaluation and was suppose to go free according to the first deal that was made."

Milstead states that public defenders Dearing and Hargrove "violated my rights by not making the DA's stick to their deal."

He claims Crigler, the judge at his 2005 post-conviction hearing, violated his rights by not "throwing the case out."

Milstead seeks compensation for wrongfully imprisonment as well.

He also has pending legal action that he claims deals with "medical mental health program and the guards."

The suit against the sheriff's department and the others was originally filed in the middle district of Tennessee but was recently transferred to the eastern district, which includes Bedford County.