Former Inkster police officer William Melendez will likely serve minimum sentence

Posted at 11:54 AM, Oct 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-21 17:19:45-04

A former police officer at the center of a controversial case, the beating of a man during a traffic stop, will likely serve his minimum sentence, according to sources. 

Former Inkster Police officer William Melendez was convicted of assault and misconduct and was sentenced one to 10 years in prison this past spring. He was also granted time served. 

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Melendez was caught on police dash cam video beating Floyd Dent after a traffic stop in January of 2015. Dent was stopped, pulled from the car and the video shows him being hit 16 times in 10 seconds.

After his sentencing, there was also some controversy over him doing some time in a state boot camp rather than prison.

Melendez could be released as early as December 15. We have learned his exact release date has not been determined.

Stay with for updates on this developing story.