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Arcadia man wins civil lawsuit against deputies: Jury awards $80,000 in damages for wrongful arrest

A state Supreme Court jury has awarded $80,000 to an Arcadia man in a wrongful arrest lawsuit that was filed against the Wayne County Sheriff’s deputies.

Attorney Sarah Wesley, who represented Kenneth Holley Jr., in the civil trial said the county had already admitted liability in the incident. So, the court case was purely about damages and the impact on those involved.

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Holley sued the county, sheriff’s office and Deputies Joe Ayotte and Justin Klinkman over a 2016 arrest. He was arrested for a felony count of cruelty to animals.

Ayotte said he was attacked by a dog, and climbed into his truck to get away. When he came back out the dog attacked again. The dog was shot-and-killed.

Following an investigation he was arrested for felony animal cruelty, but a grand jury never brought charges.



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