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A jury on Friday found Wimberley guilty of two misdemeanors for falsifying his reports. A married father with five years of service as a Broward deputy, Wimberley faces a jail term of nearly two years when he is sentenced June 15. Until then, Broward Circuit Judge Ilona Holmes allowed him to remain free.
When Broward Sheriff's deputies David Wimberley and Brian Swadkins arrested Troy Baldeo at a 7-Eleven in Tamarac in 2010, Wimberley turned in two reports that described the suspect using words like "boisterous," "yelling" and "clenched fists."
But a video of their confrontation bore so little resemblance to that description that prosecutors dropped the case against Baldeo and decided instead to file charges against Wimberley and Swadkins.
Assistant State Attorney Adriana Alcalde-Padron began her closing argument Friday without a sound, playing the video that showed Baldeo standing near the coffee machine at the 7-Eleven on 7901 West Commercial Blvd. and taking a sip before being approached by Wimberley. Less than a minute later, Baldeo was on the floor, taken down by Swadkins and facing criminal charges.