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Sheriff breaks silence on charges against him

Bellendir believes they are politically motivated from a ‘failed county attorney’s office’

Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir addresses the County Commission Monday morning on the charges against him. He said it was time to speak out and called the allegations politically motivated.

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In an emotional impromptu statement to Barton County commissioners Monday morning, Sheriff Brian Bellendir broke his silence on charges leveled against him, calling them politically motivated and coming from a “failed County Attorney’s Office.”

Bellendir was charged last October with one count of mistreatment of a confined person, Nathan B. Manley. The misdemeanor charge against the sheriff alleges that on Aug. 10, 2017, Manley was detained in handcuffs by Bellendir, who spoke to him in a “vulgar, rude and/or angry manner” and struck him on the side of his head.”

Bellendir requested a jury trial which was set ...


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