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Court upholds former deputy's eligibility for unemployment

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The Indiana Court of Appeals has ruled a 38-year veteran with the Bartholomew County Sheriff's Department who lost his job after shooting at another officer with non-lethal training ammunition was not fired for cause and is entitled to unemployment benefits.

In a July 30 ruling, the court affirmed two earlier decisions involving Robbie Amos from the Indiana Department of Workforce Development that Amos is entitled to unemployment benefits.

Amos said he is considering whether the three rulings in his favor about unemployment might make a case for returning to the department or additional compensation, but said he has not made any decision about that.

Sheriff Mark Gorbett said jobless benefits were the only issue at stake in the appeals court.

"This has nothing to do with (Amos') employment, and he's not coming back," Gorbett said. "The Merit Board carefully considered Mr. Amos' case, and after he and his attorney presented their evidence, the board acted to terminate his employment."

For more on this story, see Wednesday's Republic.

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