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Taser recipient found guilty

LINDEN &045; Delendra Peterson Chaney was found guilty of disorderly conduct that lead to her being tased by the Linden Police Department on Dec. 3.

Chaney said the department used excessive force with the taser and was contemplating suing the department following the episode. Judge Woody Dinning found Chaney guilty Thursday after hearing testimony and watching the police video of the incident.

Laduron said Chaney testified she did push and cuss the officer, which lead to the tasing. He said Chaney’s lawyer, Bruce Boyenton of Selma, said he would appeal the judge’s’ decision following the hearing.

Chaney will pay a $150 fine and $131.50 in court costs plus a 30-day jail sentence if Dinning’s decision stands. Chaney could reduce or rid herself of jail time during the proposed probation hearing.

Laduron said the tasing and disorderly conduct charge sprang from a routine traffic stop by Officer Steve Aultman. He said the officer pulled over a vehicle in the Trimart parking lot on the corner of Sixth Avenue and Main Street for a headlight that was out. He said Chaney, who was a passenger of the vehicle, got out of the car and walked over to a pay phone and had to be persuaded to return to the car by Aultman, who had pulled his taser.

After returning to the vehicle and the arrival of other officers, Chaney was asked to step out of the vehicle and move towards the back of the car. Chaney began shouting and pushing officers away from her. After numerous warnings Chaney was tasered in order to get her in handcuffs.