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Former Bullitt County Sheriff removed from house arrest

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The indicted former Bullitt County sheriff is no longer on house arrest.

Court records show a judge removed Dave Greenwell from home detention and electronic monitoring. He still has a travel restriction and can't travel outside of the Western District of Kentucky.

Greenwell resigned from the sheriff's office February 28. A federal grand jury indicted him in May on five charges, including obstructing an investigation and aiding a special deputy in his department who sought to distribute more than 1,000 kilos of marijuana. Greenwell pleaded not guilty to all charges.  If convicted, he faces a minimum of 10 years in prison and a maximum life sentence.

Former Bullitt County Chief Sheriff’s Deputy John Cottrell, who was second in command of the department, filed a whistleblower lawsuit claiming he was fired by Greenwell after revealing that Greenwell was involved in criminal activity.

Cottrell was indicted by a Bullitt County grand jury in March on felony forgery charges.

In the lawsuit, Cottrell claims he and two subordinates in the department investigated Greenwell and “revealed that the Sheriff is involved in serious criminal activity.”

Donnie Tinnell was appointed interim sheriff in February.  He will fill the remaining portion of Greenwell's term which will expire in December 2018.

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