Sentencing date set for Huntsville officer found guilty in federal case

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Brett Russell (Photo: Morgan County Jail)

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Former Huntsville police officer Brett Russell will be back in federal

court in November before Judge Abdul Kallon.

Russell’s sentencing, previously set for November 10, has been rescheduled for November 24.

In July,  a federal jury delivered a guilty verdict on two federal counts, convicting Russell of using excessive force during the arrest of Gary Wayne Hopkins in December 2011 and obstructing justice.

Russell faces up to 10 years in prison for the excessive force charge and up to 20 years for the obstruction of justice charge.