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5 inmates convicted in 2006 fatal beating at O.C. County Jail

Theo Lacy
Five men were convicted Tuesday of second-degree murder for their roles in the 2006 beating of another inmate at Orange County's largest jail.

John Derek Chamberlain's killing at Theo Lacy Jail led to a grand jury investigation that rocked the county jail system, forced an administrative shakeup in the Sheriff's Department and resulted in at least three deputies leaving the agency.

Chamberlain, 41, was punched, kicked, stomped and sodomized by a number of inmates for about 50 minutes while deputies who were supposed to supervise the jail were napping, watching television or sending text messages, a grand jury report concluded.

The inmates mistakenly believed Chamberlain was in jail on child molestation charges. He actually had been jailed on charges that he possessed child pornography.

The inmates convicted Tuesday are Garrett Eugene Aguilar, 29, Stephen Paul Carlstrom, 43, Jared Louis Petrovich, 27, Miguel Guillen, 48, and Raul Vilafana, 25, the Orange County district attorney's office said. Three other people were previously convicted in the case.


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Photo: John Derek Chamberlain was killed in this area of Theo Lacy Jail. Credit: Los Angeles Times

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