MUSKOGEE – Former LeFlore County Undersheriff Kendall Bryan Morgan, 45, of Shady Point, was sentenced on July 13 to 22 months imprisonment and 36 months of supervised release for violating the civil rights of a handcuffed detainee without legal justification., according to The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma.
The charge arose from an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
On Nov. 8, 2022, Morgan pleaded guilty to one count of Deprivation of Rights Under Color of Law.
At the plea hearing, Morgan admitted that on Jan. 25, 2017, he repeatedly struck a person under arrest and in handcuffs, causing the victim bodily injury. At the time of the assault, the individual was not resisting arrest and posed no threat to officers or the public.
Morgan’s excessive force furthered no legitimate law enforcement purpose and violated the victim’s constitutional right to be free from unreasonable force by law enforcement.
“The reputation of the entire law enforcement profession is tarnished when an officer betrays the oath to protect and serve,” said FBI Oklahoma City Special Agent in Charge Edward J. Gray. “The sentencing of Mr. Morgan sends a clear message that the FBI will not tolerate anyone who dishonors the badge by using excessive force.”
“Law enforcement officers are bound by oath to serve and protect all citizens equally—this requires consistency, compassion, and respect for the dignity of all,” said U.S. Attorney Christopher J. Wilson. “The defendant violated that oath, and justice demands he pay the price for blatantly disregarding the law and the civil rights of others.”
The Honorable Ronald A. White, Chief Judge for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, presided over the hearing in Muskogee. Morgan will remain in the custody of the U.S. Marshal pending transportation to a designated United States Bureau of Prisons facility to serve a nonparoleable sentence of incarceration.
Assistant United States Attorney Jordan Howanitz represented the United States at the sentencing hearing.