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Erie County Sheriff calls convicted deputy who assaulted a Bills fan a "hero"

Posted at 4:56 AM, Jan 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-23 05:18:03-05

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (WKBW) — Erie County Sheriff Tim Howard is sticking up for former deputy Kenneth Achtyl, who was convicted of assaulting a Buffalo Bills fan in 2017.

This is ahead of Achtyl's expected sentencing in the Town of Orchard Park Court, Thursday evening.

In an official letter, Sheriff Howard called the former deputy a, "dedicated and compassionate public safety servant."

Howard also referred to Achtyl as a hero, and asked an Orchard Park town judge for judicious consideration.

Other deputies and Achtyl's family also wrote letters asking for leniency.

Achtyl's lawyers are asking for no jail time and no probation as he faces a max of two years in prison.

The former deputy's lawyers also say he may appeal his conviction.

A civil suit filed by the fan arrested by Achtyl, remains pending.

You can read the letters below.