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Sheriff pummels driver after he’s asked for his badge: ‘Here’s my badge, motherf*cker’

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A New Mexico sheriff with a controversial past was convicted Friday on federal firearms charges, assault, and violation of a citizen’s civil rights in a road rage incident in March.

Rio Arriba Sheriff Tommy Rodella, 52, was immediately handcuffed and taken into custody over his attorney’s objections and the cries of his wife, State Rep. Debbie Rodella, following his conviction in Federal court, according to the Albuquerque Journal.

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According to court documents, the incident began when an off-duty Rodella tailgated motorist Michael Tafoya, making a “come on” gesture to him.

Rodella, who was in his personal car accompanied by his son, Thomas Rodella Jr., gave chase after Tafoya sped away. After trapping Tafoya, the two men pulled him from his car and onto the ground where Tafoya begged the men not to kill him as the older Rodella brandished a handgun.

According to Tafoya,  Rodella Jr. told him the older man with a gun was the sheriff. When Tafoya asked to see his badge, Rodella reportedly grabbed Tafoya by the hair and said, “Here’s my badge, motherf*cker,” and punched him in the face with it multiple times.

Tafoya was arrested by Rodella but his case was dismissed after several witnesses backed up his story.

Following the conviction of Rodella, U.S. Attorney Damon Martinez issued a statement saying, “Today a federal jury found that in attacking an innocent civilian, Sheriff Rodella chose to abuse his power rather than uphold his oath to protect the public. I commend the victim who testified in this case for having the courage to step forward and assert his civil rights, and for trusting the Department of Justice to protect him. I am hopeful that today’s verdict brings a measure of justice to the victim and the people of Rio Arriba County.”

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Rodella is no stranger to controversy, having been investigated by the FBI for taking bribes, and ousted as a magistrate by the State Supreme Court for multiple infractions.

During his 13-year career in the State Police, Rodella was disciplined for marijuana use, improper use of a weapon, falsifying official reports, abusing sick leave, and using his position for personal gain, before retiring on a disability pension.

Despite his background, Rodella was elected sheriff of Rio Arriba in 2010.

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‘Bulletproof from a pardon’: Fox News analyst says judge in Stone case just made things tough for Trump

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In the wake of Roger Stone's sentencing of 3.5 years in prison this Thursday, Fox News legal analyst Andrew Napolitano posited that U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson's choice to go along with Attorney General Bill Barr's sentencing recommendation could have been an effort to pardon-proof the sentence from President Trump.

"[Jackson's] trying to make this bulletproof from a pardon," Napolitano said. "Because she went along exactly with what [Barr] requested."

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Adam Schiff sends signal that a Roger Stone pardon would be another impeachable offense

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Rep. Adam Schiff suggested that a presidential pardon for Roger Stone would be an impeachable offense.

Judge Amy Berman Jackson sentenced the longtime Republican operative to 40 months in prison, saying Stone had lied to Congress and threatened a witness to cover up possible wrongdoing by President Donald Trump -- and Schiff sent a warning against a pardon.

"Roger Stone was found guilty of lying to Congress and threatening a witness," Schiff tweeted.

Schiff, who led the impeachment inquiry and trial, agreed with Jackson -- whose language echoed the lawmaker's "corrupt scheme and cover-up" indictment during the Senate trial.

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WATCH: Roger Stone greeted with ‘Lock Him Up!’ chants after getting sentenced to 40 months

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Trump ally Roger Stone frequently led chants of "Lock her up!" about Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential campaign -- but on Thursday, the table decisively turned.

After Stone was sentenced to 40 months in prison for charges of perjury, witness tampering, and obstruction of justice, a crowd of people greeted the right-wing dirty trickster by chanting, "Lock him up!" outside the courthouse.

At least one supporter of President Donald Trump tried to get a "pardon" chant going, but they were drowned out by the louder "Lock him up" chants.

Watch the video below.

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