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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Three Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies were convicted Wednesday in federal court in the beating of a bloody, handcuffed jail visitor and an attempt to cover it up.
The three face at least six years in prison when sentenced Nov. 2.
"An individual who carries a badge and a gun and who uses their authority and power to violate people's constitutional rights — as was the case here — is one of the worst kinds of criminals and should be brought to justice," said Assistant U.S. Attorney Lizabeth Rhodes, one of the three prosecutors on the case.
Deputies Noel Womack and Pantamitr Zunggeemoge reached plea agreements with prosecutors just before trial and testified that Carrillo was handcuffed the entire beating. They said everyone agreed to tell the same lie about what happened.
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When writing his report justifying the use of force, Womack knew he would have to lie and say Carrillo wasn't handcuffed, according to the statement.
Nearly two-dozen members of the department, including the former second-in-command, have been charged with crimes ranging from beatings to obstruction of justice.