It was an emotional day in court for John Mark Stahl after pleading guilty to two felony charges. Stahl is the man former Sheriff, Mike Byrd, admitted to attacking after his arrest in 2012 for stealing a Jackson County patrol car. Michael Crosby, Stahl’s attorney, says, "The Sheriff came up behind him and kicked him in the groin area, backed up, and explained to him that he was going to make his life miserable and then kicked him again." Stahl is now expected to serve three years of jail time and seven years of probation for taking away a motor vehicle and fleeing law enforcement. Crosby says the plea deal is what they were looking for. Crosby also says, "We felt a three year sentence for those two non-violent offenses and they’re classified that way. We felt that was fair under the circumstances." Crosby says that Stahl wanted to accept the plea so he could begin to put this part of his life behind him.
Crosby also says, "We felt that there was some finality to what we were doing. We know where he stands and he will be able to take care of this in a short period of time and be ready to move forward with his life." Crosby went on to say that he is now seeking compensation for Stahl because of the severe injuries he suffered while in police custody. Crosby closes, "Now that this is over, we can begin the process of exploring what civil remedies he has for the damages he suffered unnecessarily at the hands of law enforcement officers." Crosby says he plans to send a notice to Jackson County to try and reach an agreement. If no agreement can be reached, Crosby says they will file a suit against the county.