Former officer could receive longer sentence for beating
DES MOINES (AP) — A federal appeals court says a former Des Moines police officer sentenced to less than two years in prison for severely beating a man during a 2008 traffic stop should serve much longer.
A three-member panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals says Mersed Dautovic’s sentence was unreasonably lenient and ordered the case returned to federal district court for resentencing.
Guidelines placed the sentence at between 11 and 14 years but Dautovic served a year and eight months before his release in January.
The judges say Dautovic’s beating of Octavius Bonds was egregious and warrants a stiffer sentence.
Dautovic was convicted in August 2012 of using excessive force and obstructing justice. His attorney says he will seek a rehearing and consider an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.