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A former Hickory police officer convicted of throwing a woman onto the sidewalk is heading to federal prison after being sentenced for a second time on Thursday.

Robert George, 49, was sentenced Thursday to three years in prison by Judge Kenneth Bell in federal court in Charlotte.

He was found guilty of using unreasonable force in January 2019. The charges stemmed from a November 2013 assault in which George threw 24-year-old Chelsea Doolittle from the back of a car patrol behind the Hickory Police Department.

It was the second time George had faced a federal judge for sentencing. In October 2019, Judge Graham Mullen sentenced George to four years probation and ordered him to pay $20,000 in restitution.

George’s probation was cut short last June when Mullen agreed to an early termination of the sentence.

In November, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals overturned George’s sentence, ruling that Mullen had been too lenient with George. The appeals court judges went so far as to say Mullen’s sentence ran counter to the findings the jury had reached when they convicted George.

Kevin Griffin is the Hickory City Reporter at the Hickory Daily Record.

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