Tustin resident Jared Louis Petrovich and Anaheim resident Garret Eugene Aguilar have each been sentenced sentenced to 15 years to life behind bars for the second-degree murder of fellow inmate John Chamberlain. The 41-year-old Mission Viejo software engineer was being detained at Theo Lacy Jail in Orange County, California after being charge with the misdemeanor crime of possession of child pornography when a number of inmates beat, kicked, and punched him to death on October 5, 2006. By the time deputies were notified that Chamberlain was in trouble, he had already lost consciousness and his assailants had cleaned themselves off.
Petrovich has admitted that he was the one who told the others that Chamberlain was a child molester--even though the latter was never charged with committing such crimes. Petrovich, his white prison gang, and a Latino gang were involved in the fatal assault. Each gang is accused of offering 10 commissary items to each prison inmate who took part in Chamberlain's beating.
A few other inmates have also received lengthy sentences for convictions over his death and another two are awaiting their sentences. At least other three inmates pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter.
"Even if you've been charged or convicted for a crime, you are entitled to certain rights and protections while in police custody or behind bars," said Howard Law, PC and Anaheim personal injury lawyer Vincent Howard.
The assault on Chamberlain was severe enough to damage all of his organs. The beating took place less than 70 feet from where a County sheriff's deputy was watching TV. There have even been questions raised over whether deputies played a part in allowing the inmates to beat Chamberlain.
In the days leading up to his death, Chamberlain had asked that he be transferred out of the jail ward because other inmates had threatened him. An investigation showed that after he was beaten, a deputy updated the log to show that he had offered to transfer Chamberlain but that he had refused. Deputies have since been accused of using excessive force on inmates. There is even footage of Tasers being used on inmates.
"If you or someone you love was the victim of excessive use of police force, it doesn't matter whether or not the use of force was intentionally intended to cause harm, your rights have been violated." said Anaheim police brutality attorney Vincent Howard.
In 2008, Orange County settled the California wrongful death lawsuit filed by Chamberlain's family for $600,000.
Prison for Stomping Mission Viejo Man Dead, Mission Viejo Patch, February 27, 2012
County pays $600,000 in jail killing, OC Register, February 7, 2008
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Orange County, California wrongful death attorney Vincent Howard represents families that have lost loved ones due to other parties' negligent actions. Contact Howard Law, PC today.