Man Who Made Up Police Brutality Claims Sentenced to 8 Months

An Ansonia man who went to the FBI, claiming that Derby police beat him, pleaded guilty to making it all up, according to federal officials, and has been sentenced to eight months in prison.

Edward Minerly, 52, of Ansonia, pleaded guilty in November to one count of making a false report of police brutality to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and waived his right to indictment.

On Thursday, he was sentenced to eight months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release.

According to federal officials, Derby police arrested Minerly on May 18, 2013 on an outstanding probation violation warrant.

Weeks later, he spoke with agents from the FBI in New Haven, and claimed Derby police placed him in a holding cell and taunted him; tipped him backward and out of his wheelchair, threw him into a wall, flashed the lights on and off; and kicked him in the head and other parts of his body.

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